Archive for March, 2011

Mar 21 2011

“Pronoia – The Suspicion the Universe is a Conspiracy on Your Behalf” – #69

This is one freakin’ scary, exciting, dramatic, shaking, shift-inducing ride we are all on together on planet earth! In light of the recent disaster in Japan, and the continuing possible peril from a nuclear meltdown, it brings up the question: Is the universe friendly or is it fiendish? I vote for friendly, because while many of us when faced with our vulnerability on this precarious planet are scared to death, many more are scared to life! We are shakened and awakened and motivated to turn to the only thing that has permanence – the ultimate safety of an eternal, all-loving, omnipotent higher power.

That has been my experience with my own inner earthquake/bodyquake called cancer. It’s caused me to feel, as writer John Perry Barlow wrote, “Pronoia – the suspicion that the Universe is a conspiracy on your behalf.” I have come to believe that ALL of life is benevolently designed to wake us up to love, to our true self and our higher purpose. Rob Brezsny writes in his book Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia, “No matter how upside down it all may appear, we will have no fear, because we know this big secret: All of creation is conspiring to shower us with blessings. Life is crazily in love with us – brazenly and innocently in love with us. The universe always gives us exactly what we need, exactly when we need it.”

Be it earthquakes or cancer or any of the innumerable catastrophes that can befall vulnerable humans, when shit happens it spurs shift to happen and turns it into gold. The entire planet literally shifted on its axis from this powerful 9.0 quake…and many people have shifted as a result into more love, compassion, empathy, generosity, purposefulness, presence and the awareness that we are all connected.

Some of the exquisite beauty that has arisen from this terrible tragedy is evidenced in many of the heart-warming, soul-stirring stories being reported. For example:

A news crew shot footage of two muddy, disheveled dogs in the middle of scattered rubble. One dog was anxiously hovering over the other dog who was lying beside him, immobile. The anxious dog moved towards the camera crew and then back to his stricken buddy. He sat close beside him, putting his paw on his pals head, as if to say, “Please help my friend.” Both dogs were rescued and are doing well.

There’s an amazing story about an 83-year-old woman outrunning the tsunami on her bicycle! And there’s the miracle of a four-month-old baby girl who was found buried in rubble for three days after having been swept from her parents arms when the terrible wave hit their home. She was reunited with her overjoyed parents unharmed. No one knows how it was she didn’t drown.

More gold from this tragedy is the outpouring of love and compassion from all over the world. Even China, a long-time adversary of Japan, has reached out with rescue teams and millions of dollars in aid. Studies have found that such acts of compassion benefit the receiver AND the giver – for all involved it creates feel-good oxytocin, stimulates the immune system, and enhances feelings of serenity and fellowship. Compassion raises our vibration to a higher part of ourselves.

Another inspiring story is of the workers who are staying behind at the nuclear plant to try and avert a meltdown. They are true heroes, putting the good of others ahead of themselves. And it’s possible that on the soul level the courageous people of Japan who lost loved ones or their own lives may have volunteered for this great mission, a mega heroes journey, helping to catalyze immense compassion in the world, reminding us all of the fragility and impermanence of earth and body and the all-embracing permanence of spirit, as well as reminding us to cherish our life and those we love.

When I first learned that my cancer had returned and my chances of survival were slim and that most probably great pain and suffering was ahead, there were times when I just wanted to check out of Hotel Earth. “Get me out of here!” I hoped that a bolt of lightening or a heart attack would strike and spare me from the ordeal ahead. I wanted to bypass the terrible fear, pain and suffering. But instead I turned towards spirit and asked for help and guidance and it came. Fear became faith, paranoia became pronoia, and I was led to finding precious gold amidst the rubble.

In times of crisis our frightened ego may feel like the sky is falling, yet our awakened spirit remembers, “I am the sky.” When it seems that life has turned on us, it has instead turned us ON, turning up the volume of spirit, light, love, and aliveness. Life can seem like a terrible trial, but if you move the ‘I’ forward in the word trial it becomes ‘trail’, a trail that leads us Home, to love, to Spirit – all part of the divine plan of a friendly universe that wants only to awaken us.

How about you? Is your universe friendly or fiendish, pronoiac or paranoiac? Do you have any personal disasters shaking your world right now? From my perspective it’s just the universe shaking and waking you to your magnificent Big Soul Self.  “All of creation is conspiring to shower you with blessings” no matter how it may appear.

In Love,

Jan Jacobsen

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Mar 03 2011

How to Be Really, Truly, Deeply Free & Clear – Issue #68

Rumi said, “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Our natural state is love, health and wholeness. With cancer cells possibly still remaining in my body (according to my recent PET scan), I am on a full-scale mission to clear, clean and purify myself physically and emotionally, removing the barriers that keep me from love, health and wholeness.

Physically I have been doing a healing regimen that deeply cleans and clears my body (described in my previous newsletter). I am also doing deep cleaning on an emotional level and I want to share with you three powerful tools I’ve combined for optimal inner cleansing. One is called Ho’oponopono, an ancient Hawaiian healing tradition (ho’o means cause and ponopono means perfection). It’s modern form is taught by Dr. Hew Len, who is famous for having healed an entire ward of criminally insane people at Hawaii State Hospital in the 1980’s, without therapy, by simply doing Ho’oponopono on himself.

Its basic premise is that everything in our life is a projection – just like in a dream, it is all an aspect of ourselves. Whatever shows up in our life is our memories and old programming replaying ‘out there’, showing us where we are blocked from our true divine self. The way to clear these programs and return to our pure essence state is to say these words over and over until we are clear, “I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.”

Conflict “out there” is cleared “in here”, and once clear we are one with the Divine. The beauty part is that in that clear, higher vibrational state we attract miracles. That state can be maintained by repeatedly saying to ourselves throughout the day, “I love you” and “Thank you”. Doing this on a daily basis aligns us with a state of grace place where life unfolds easefully and magically. That’s where I want to live!

I have found that doing EFT while doing Ho’oponopono makes it even more powerful. EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique, an extremely effective healing method that involves tapping on specific meridian points to clear negative beliefs, feelings and programs from our body and bring in new desired beliefs (see P.S. below for more info).  When you add to that some deep, slow breaths with long out-breaths, it further clears away the charge, since our reactive programming is locked in by shallow breaths and is set free by deep, full breaths.

I recently had an opportunity to put these three clearing superpowers to the test. I was having a conflict with someone in my life that set my two inner chickens to fighting. One chicken, Chicken Little, felt victimized, with feathers ruffled, lots of plaintive squawking, and she wanted to fly the coop. The other chicken, my glorious Warrioress Chicken Supreme, wanted to fly with the eagles and thus kept bringing me back to the awareness, “If it’s in your life, it’s in you. Now is an opportunity to clear, clean, and heal this inside yourself.”

While one part of me was having a furious uprising, the other was having a spiritual “upwising” (as Swamibeyondanonda would say). As I witnessed myself preparing for a defensive battle, I thought, “Since it’s my creation, why not prepare for peace?” This was a new thought for me – instead of imagining a battle ahead, I could imagine peace.

Realizing the other person was mirroring a wounded part of myself, I loved that wounded part in me. Whenever I felt the furious wet-hen uprising within, I’d repeat the words, “I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.”  I added the meridian tapping and deep, slow breaths and the result was a peaceful resolution of the conflict. It proves the saying, “My how you’ve changed since I’ve changed.” When I shift inside, my world shifts outside. I can choose love and peace, and clear whatever gets in the way of that with Ho’oponopono, meridian tapping, and deep slow breaths.

There’s a wonderful story about Nelson Mandela (as told in the book Buddha’s Brain) who was imprisoned for 27 years. His greatest despair was that he would lose contact with loved ones, as he was only allowed to receive letters from them about every 6 months. He didn’t want to live without love so he decided he was going to bring love to the guards. By loving them it was hard for them to treat him harshly, therefore guards were frequently replaced; but he would simply love the new ones too. Despite the harsh barriers of prison and hard labor, he chose to focus on love and that is what he experienced. Though he was in prison he was FREE of hatred and anger.

These three tools, Ho’oponopono, tapping, and deep slow breaths, help to release old programming and clear away the barriers to love, healing and wholeness. This results in miracles and major life shifts. Toward that end, I am doing the Ho’oponopono with my body and the cancer, tapping and breathing, and saying, “I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.” As I continue to do this healing work I’m hoping that down the road the results of my next PET scan will declare, “You are clean! You are free of cancer!”

Maybe even more important to me would be if one day I were able to declare that I am emotionally “free of charge”, having successfully cleared away all my hot buttons. That is the ultimate freedom – what a monumental accomplishment that would be! Then I would be easefully, peacefully residing in the state of grace place, in the Divine, in the field “out beyond right doing and wrong doing” that Rumi talks about. At the end of my life I want my epitaph to read, “Really, truly, deeply free at last!”

How about you? Do you have barriers within that are keeping you from love, health and wholeness? It’s all an inside job – LOVE, TAP and BREATHE your way through those barriers and celebrate becoming free and clear and open to miracles!

In love,

Jan Jacobsen


Free EFT e-book

Page 12-15 shows where to tap and describes the process

UsingEFT and Ho’oponopono together video

Great book on Ho’oponopono

Zero Limits – The Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace & More

By Joe Vitale and Dr. Hew Len

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