Jun 26 2012

The ShapeShifting Capability of Our Amazing Bodies: Anything is Possible – #93

Einstein said, “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” Quantum physics maintains that nothing is solid; everything is energy in motion, giving the appearance of solidity. It’s the combined power of our intention, feeling, and imagination that shapes and reshapes our bodies and our lives. I love that reality is so play doughy and malleable; it reassures me that anything is possible, including healing cancer.

I was lying in Tom’s arms recently and we were meditating together, as we do every morning. I felt treasured, held, healed, and whole. I wanted to bring that feeling to my past and future selves:

Breathing out…I imagined going back in time, morphing through the adult, teenager, child, and infant that I was, bringing to each of them that sensation of being loved and valued that was missing back then. I imagined these past selves vibrating in the energy of love.

Breathing in…I went forward in time, carrying that same feeling as I morphed through my 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, seeing myself healthy and happy in my 80’s, imagining high-fiving Tom and saying, “We made it to our 80’s! And you’re still cute,” I tell him. “And you still have the body of a 20-year old,” he tells me. (We can imagine anything we want :o )

Believing that this is possible makes it more possible. Therefore, to reinforce my belief, I’ve been gathering some profoundly inspirational examples of the magical, malleable, shape-shifting capability of our amazing bodies. I’d like to share 3 of these examples with you:

In Anita Moorjani’s memoir, Dying To Be Me, she describes being in the hospital, unconscious, her organs shutting down, dying from the cancer that had spread throughout her body. While unconscious she had a remarkable near-death experience in which she learned many things about the meaning of life and was told she could go back to her body and live a purposeful life. Even though her body was ravaged, she was assured that she would regain total health. She decided to return to her body. In just a few weeks her condition rapidly improved until she was completely cancer-free. She writes, “That made me realize that nothing is solid (or real). We can change anything.”

Here’s another powerful example of our mind-blowing ability to instantly shift the makeup of our bodies. In her book, Your Body is Your Subconscious Mind, renowned neuroscientist, Dr. Candace Pert (you may remember her from the movie What the Bleep) writes about her research on multiple personality disorders, which shows that one personality may have a disease, such as diabetes, while another doesn’t. One may be far-sighted while another is near-sighted. Some even have different colored eyes! It’s the same body, but the emotions and beliefs of each personality change the molecular makeup of their body within seconds! She writes that instead of being solid, “Our bodies are more like flickering flames. They change with our emotional states.”

Best selling author Gregg Braden presented an astonishing video documenting a baseball-sized tumor in a woman’s bladder disappearing in minutes. This was done in China by three practitioners who generated the feeling within themselves that the woman was already healed. The woman believed as well. During this focused and deeply felt intention, a sonogram shows the tumor disappearing in less than 3 minutes. The key is to feel and believe it as if it is already so. Just as Jesus promised, “All things whatsoever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received them, and you shall receive them.” [Mark 11:24]

Every morning now I do my visualization meditation where I morph backwards and forwards in time, weaving in the common thread of health, love, and happiness; seeing, feeling, and believing it as if it is already so.

It is never too late to have a happy past, present, and future. It is never too late to heal our lives. Is there an area of your life that is ready for some shape-shifting? Through the power of belief, imagination, and intention, anything is possible!

In Love,

Jan Jacobsen

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May 06 2012

Stoke Your Creative Fire…Or Else! – Issue #92

“All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.” –(Chuck Palahniuk) That is a darkly humorous and ominous quote, but it has a spark of truth to it. Too much stimulation creates stress, but so does too little. Being stagnant and bored with life stresses and depresses us with feelings of worthlessness. When the stress is ongoing, it debilitates our immune system, leaving us vulnerable to illness and even death. Yes, it’s true…we literally can be bored to death!

Many of us have heard stories of people who have lost their zest for life — their get up and go got up and went — and then they are diagnosed with cancer or some other deadly disease. Poet W. H. Auden refers to cancer as “a foiled creative fire.” I recently saw a good example of this: I was watching a movie about Babe Ruth, and despite his incredible success as a ball player, his big dream was to become a manager of a major league baseball team. Yet that dream eluded him; it was a foiled creative fire. At the end of the movie these two sentences flashed on the screen: “Babe Ruth never became a manager. He died of throat cancer at age 53.”

While a foiled creative fire can sap the life out of us, a fulfilled creative fire, one that we feed and fan, can save our life. Psychologist Lawrence LeShan (often called the father of mind-body psychology) wrote a book called Cancer As A Turning Point in which he illustrated this point. For years he worked with cancer patients with conventional therapeutic methods, but was disheartened that every one of his patients died. Then he discovered something important that would change that ratio to a stunning 50% remission rate!

How did he accomplish this miraculous turnaround? Instead of focusing on what was wrong with the patient, he began focusing on what was right with them. He directed them to discover what brought meaning, purpose, and passion to their lives; this stimulated their internal healing resources. In his book he relates story after story of cancer patients going into remission once they renewed their zest for life and began fulfilling their deepest dreams. (Re-mission = re-igniting our mission in life.)

He helped them ignite their creative fire by asking questions like:

*If you knew that in 6 months a giant asteroid would destroy all life on planet Earth, how would you spend those 6 months?

*What activities make you feel more alive and vital?

*What would you most like to overhear people saying about you?

*Imagine that you just had the most fantastic year of your life. Describe it.

*Imagine it is many years in the future and you have died and the local newspaper has written an obituary describing your fabulous life. What does it say?

I’m aware that prior to my cancer diagnosis I had been stagnating; I did the same work for 25 years and was bored with it. I had foiled my creative fire by not doing the writing that my soul longed to do. I believe that that stagnation contributed to my cancer. Now that I’m happily writing and my creative fires are fully stoked, I’m hoping that God doesn’t kill me! It is said that the top regret of the dying is that they didn’t follow their dream. Whenever that time is for me, that will not be a regret of mine; I am blissfully, fully, finally living my dream.

How about you? Are you excited about what you’re doing with your life? Do you have a creative fire that needs stoking? Stoke it! It will not only enhance your life, it may save it!

In Love,

Jan Jacobsen

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Apr 23 2012

The Amazingly Addictive Power of Misery and How to Free Yourself – #91

‎”How does one become a butterfly?” she asked pensively. “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
 -(Trina Paulus) I love that quote! It speaks to our willingness to let go of old patterns and choose a new higher way of being. This is not an easy task. Why is it that our negative patterns are so highly addictive? A recent article, “Anatomy of a Tear Jerker” by Michaeleen Doucleff, sheds light on this with fascinating research that shows something amazing: sad songs stimulate dopamine, the pleasure hormone! “The results suggest that the more emotions a song provokes – whether depressing or uplifting – the more we crave the song.”

Intrigued, I researched this further and found that dopamine, the hormone most responsible for addiction, is triggered by things that arouse us, such as food and sex…but also drama and pain, making us crave and recreate them over and over again. That explains why many people hang on for dear life to their misery, their sad stories, their anger and resentment. I spent a good part of my life stuck in the mire of misery about feeling alone in the world…until I had a life-changing epiphany during my first week of dating Tom, twelve years ago:

We were massaging each other’s feet, (my very favorite thing!) and I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have this man in my life on a permanent basis.” Just then a Bonnie Rait song began playing on the radio and I was singing along with it, “I can’t make you love me if you don’t.” That song activated the neural pathways of my old familiar story that said, “I will always be alone. He won’t want me. I can’t have this.” I began slipping into the dopamine-fueled sweet melancholy of that story, pulled by the addictive lure of deep sorrow. But then, in a sudden splash of invigorating awareness, I stopped myself and thought, “Wait a minute – why can’t I have this? It’s just habit programming. I’m just as lovable as the next person. I can have this! I want this!”

It was a butterfly moment – a clear awareness that I wanted love in my life so much that I was willing to give up being a caterpillar! I was willing to give up my addiction to my sweet sad miserable story. That determination has resulted in a dozen of the best years of my life with this wonderful man. My former caterpillar self is now flying with the butterflies!

However, in the last 3 years, my diagnosis of cancer sometimes challenges my butterfly status, stirring old neural pathways of doom and gloom. Fortunately, when that happens, I have a repertoire of tools for launching myself airborne once more. I’d like to share 3 of them with you:

  1. NOW Freedom Formula – NOW is an acronym for: Notice that negative thoughts and feelings have taken over. Oxygenate by taking ten deep breaths, thereby shifting the body and emotions. Wonder, “What’s the higher truth of this situation?” The reality is I’m all right right now. I know that I’m loved and guided. Cancer was the kick in the can that helped me be more vividly alive, more on purpose, more connected with my spirit. I trust that I’m right where I’m supposed to be.
  2. EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique involves tapping on certain meridian points on the body, clearing negative thoughts and feelings and replacing them with positive ones. It is a highly effective way to shift out of addictive patterns. (See simplified instructions below)
  3. PLAY With Your Misery – Give it a name. I’m calling mine Debbie Downer (like the character on Saturday Night Live) and recently played a fun game with her cancer worries. I let her exaggerate her woebegone plaintive grumbles and after each one I had some friends chorus the muted trombone sound “Wah waaah.” It went something like this: “I ate healthy food and drank wheat grass every day…and still I got cancer.” Wah waaah. “I’m eating lots of tofu because I’ve heard that it’s good for healing cancer…but I read recently that it does more harm than good.” Wah waaah. “I’m doomed.” Wah waaah. This cracks me up and I shift to a lighter, clearer perspective.

All of these techniques help release debilitating hard-wired patterns and fire and wire a new life-enhancing state of being. I strongly believe that is one of the important things I came here to do on my great earth adventure: to want to fly so much that I am willing to give up old addictive stories. Who knows how many lifetimes I’ve been stuck in those stories. I know I can do this! I feel the dopamine high of this exciting challenge and possibility (so much more powerful and fulfilling than the dopamine high of misery). Singing now, “I believe I can fly. I believe I can touch the sky.”

How about you? Are you aware of addictive negative patterns that are holding you down? Are you willing to give up being a caterpillar, and become your beautiful butterfly self? Come fly with me!

In Love,

Jan Jacobsen

EFT TAPPING INSTRUCTIONS:

Connect with and feel the issue you want to work on.

Use two fingers tapping 5-7 times per point.

Just do one side of the body.

Choose a number from 1-10 gauging the intensity of the issue. Do several sequences, and at the beginning of each one decide what the number is. It will usually go down considerably as you repeat the cycles.

THE SEQUENCE

TAP on side of hand, between base of pinky finger and wrist and repeat three times: “Even though…(state the issue, example: “I feel scared about cancer.”)…I deeply and completely accept myself.” (This first tapping area is done only at the beginning.)

TAP Top of head – summarize issue in a few words (such as “this fear”).

Continue to name issue throughout the tapping sequence, letting the words naturally shift and unfold as you go along. For Instance “This fear of cancer.” “Feeling scared of dying.” “Feeling scared of pain.” Etc.

TAP Inner eyebrow

TAP Outer eyebrow

TAP Under eye, directly under pupil

TAP Under nose, in the little crevice

TAP Chin, in the depression between lip and chin

TAP Collar bone, just below knob of collarbone

TAP Under Arm, about 4 inches below arm pit

Go back to head and repeat sequence

Eventually as your number decreases, you can add positive words about what it is you’re wanting and beginning to feel. Such as: “Feeling calmer.” “Feeling peaceful.” “Feeling safe now.” Etc.

This is a very simplified, bare-bones description.For a free tapping e-book with more information, go to: http://www.thetappingsolution.com/

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Mar 18 2012

How to Heal & Prevent Cancer with Daily “Vowel” Movements – #90

I’d like to share with you several key practices I’ve learned on my cancer adventure that can help heal or prevent cancer and other illnesses. I’ve come up with an acronym to help us remember these important points: it’s the vowels AEIOU and Y. The word ‘heal’ literally means ‘to become whole.’ Many people who’ve gone into remission from cancer have done so by making these whole-body, whole-life changes:

A is for Alkalize. Acidity in our body is a breeding ground for cancer and other illnesses. What creates acidity are our foods and our ‘tudes: foods like sugar, dairy, meat, refined grains, and alcohol, and ‘tudes like worry, anger, stress, and guilt. That’s why changing our diet and our attitudes are important keys to healing. Things that alkalize our body are practices like meditation, prayer, yoga, tai chi, and dance, and foods like green leafy vegetables, broccoli, green tea, and lemon juice, which becomes alkaline in the body. (You can buy pH strips at a health food store that will measure your alkalinity and acidity.)

E is for Exericise. A recent study revealed that people who sit around a lot are more prone to cancer. That makes sense when you realize that exercise oxygenates us, reduces stress (and therefore acidity), and activates the immune system and the lymphatic system (which detoxifies our bodies). A bouncing movement will especially stimulate the lymphatic system (using a trampoline, jump rope, exercise ball, or jogging, etc), as will whole body shaking, like a dog shakes water off his fur. I do it every morning to the Beatles song, “Shake it up baby now, twist and shout!” Instead of a milk shake, have a whole body shake! Instead of a coffee break, take a shake break!

I is for Immune system enhancement. We all have cancer cells in our bodies, but what keeps them from multiplying is a strong immune system. Stress suppresses our immune system, so I can’t stress strongly enough the importance of reducing stress. Stagnation also suppresses the immune system; there is a delicate balance between doing too much and not doing enough. Some of the things that enhance the immune system are dancing, laughter, hugs, and love, which includes doing what we love, doing our souls work. When we align with our spirit, we not only enhance our immune system, we raise our vibration into a state of grace place where life flows more easily.

O is for Oxygenate. Cancer is anaerobic; it flourishes in conditions of low oxygen. If we take ten deep diaphragmatic breaths, it not only oxygenates us, it activates the relaxation response, the lymphatic system, AND our immune system. Taking ten deep breaths is one of the most powerful healing tools we have, and it’s completely free! I’ll breathe to that!

U is for UV sunlight. The sun has gotten a bad rap in recent years, but it is a powerful source of healing (when we use good sense and moderation). It boosts not only our moods but our immune system and endocrine system as well. Since 90% of light enters through our eyes, it’s important to spend time outside without glasses, again using good sense and moderation. Of course, don’t look directly at the sun; just being exposed to the light of day will help. So let the sun shine in and face it with a grin :o ) (smiling stimulates the immune system).

Y is for Yuck! As in yucky toxins. The toxins in our lives create acidity and weaken our immune system. Therefore, it’s important to reduce the chemicals in our foods, water, household cleansers, and hygiene products. Also, reduce the toxic electromagnetic overload from computers, television, cell phones, etc. Negative thoughts and feelings are also toxic, as they increase acidity and inflammation, a hotbed for illness; clearing negative emotions is very beneficial to our health. One of my favorite ways to release negative emotions is to make non-verbal sounds expressing the feeling (I love growling when I’m angry!) It usually ends in laughter, which is a powerful healing tonic in itself.

There you have it: the AEIOU & Y of holistically healing (and preventing) cancer and other illnesses. For optimal good health, I highly recommend having a daily ‘vowel’ movement!

In Love & Gratitude,

Jan Jacobsen

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Feb 21 2012

Our 4 Inner Allies & How They Help Transform Our Lives – #89

Did you know that we have within us four super allies that can help us heal and transform our lives? Some of us have more of one than the other, but when they work together, they are a formidable team. I’ve been aware of these internal forces for the last 3 years on my adventure with cancer, but I didn’t have a name for them until now.

Tom recently attended a training where he learned how to facilitate healing and transformation by using these four archetypes that are within each of us, and in every culture in the world: The Lover, Magician, Warrior, and King. When he told me about them I was excited; it helped me delineate and put a name to these old friends that have been helping me traverse my cancer journey, and life in general.

This week I’m going to Las Vegas for several days with Tom for a family reunion with his 7 brothers and sisters and possibly their spouses/partners. I look forward to spending time with these wonderful people. However, this trip challenges me for a number of reasons. Therefore, I’ve decided to enlist my 4 super allies in transforming my fears into fun! Here’s how:

THE LOVER

Description: This ally gently guides us in facing, feeling, and embracing whatever’s happening. It welcomes, listens, nurtures, and asks questions like, “What are you feeling right now? What’s happening inside you?” The energy of The Lover invites a deepening into what we’re experiencing. It doesn’t want to ‘fix’ us; it only wants to hold us in a spacious embrace of love, acceptance, and discovery as we follow, allow, and unwind whatever is happening. It’s usually best that this ally be the first one we enlist when we begin exploring our issue because it brings us to the heart of the matter.

Example: I check in with myself, asking, “What are you feeling about going to Vegas?” As I explore this, I’m aware of feeling concerned that I’ll be stressed, over-stimulated, and depleted by the big energy of the Vegas trip. I’m afraid the stress will suppress my immune system and trigger my cancer, which seems quiet and/or dormant right now. I don’t want to awaken the beast!

Speaking of beasts, as I go deeper I’m aware of another fear I have: when I’m stressed, my ‘Jan-dora’s’ box of embarrassing personas has been known to burst open and out pours the likes of Ms. Huffyton, Chopped Liver, The Incredible Sulk, Miss Fit, and the dreaded…Ms. Thunderfull! Oh my!

My Lover ally smiles knowingly, and embraces all these many me’s, all the meany, moody, messy me’s. When these characters aren’t invited to the party, they tend to crash it. The Lover welcomes all the many me’s with open arms.

THE MAGICIAN

Description: This ally has the super power of imagination, vision, creativity, and thinking outside the box. It shows us new possibilities, new ways of seeing things, new ways of being.  It invites us to imagine, “Who would I be without this issue, this fear, this story I tell myself?”

Example: I’m visualizing myself in Vegas having a wonderful time. I see and feel myself being centered, relaxed, and happy, playfully being with whatever, and whoever, shows up. I imagine myself enthusiastically telling friends after the trip, “I had a great time! It was not only fun, but it was healing as well.” My Magician energy is helping me envision this as if it is already so. And so it is.

THE WARRIOR

Description: This super ally confronts, takes action, and gets things done. It is firm, direct, practical, and purposeful. It asks questions like, “What needs to happen here?”

Example: I ask myself, “What do I need to do to help myself stay calm and centered?” Here’s the action plan I’ve come up with: When I’m in Vegas, I will take 10 deep abdominal breaths throughout the day. That triggers my Vagus nerve (how appropriate for Vegas!), which in turn triggers my immune system and my relaxation response. I will also dance and wiggle my pelvis like Elvis every day for at least ten minutes to reduce tension.

I plan on allowing myself plenty of time to take space, rest, and recharge my energy while there. I’ve already talked to Tom about exchanging lots of relaxing oxytocin hugs, and keeping the lines of communication open, clearing the air as we go along. (I find that when I sweep things under the rug, I end up getting the rug pulled out from under me!)

THE KING/QUEEN

Description: This is our higher self. It is the energy of love and joy. This super ally encourages us to: “Remember who you are. Remember that you are a beautiful soul. Remember that you are loved and guided and safe, no matter what. Remember that you are on a mission to discover and express your inherent magnificence.” It sees the higher truth and the deeper meaning in everything. It wants to be of service to self and others.

Example: As I tune into my higher self and see the Vegas trip from my soul’s eye view, I see that it is a perfect opportunity to practice being fully present in the midst of big energy, to keep coming home to my heart, breathing through my heart, seeing myself and others, even Vegas, from this higher perspective. “Namaste Vegas — the higher being in me sees the higher being in you.” I intend to look for the joy and beauty in everything around me.

Viva Las Vegas, and Viva the Lover, Magician, Warrior, and King! Accompanied and aided by these four formidable allies (and the fantastic Tom), I plan on having the time of my life!

Are you aware of these powerful allies in your life? How are they helping you heal and transform into your highest self and live your best life?

In Love,

Jan Jacobsen

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Feb 15 2012

A Simple, Little-Known Cancer Test (& My Latest Results) – #88

It’s been a year since my last PET CT scan (which showed stable, mild hypermetabolic activity). I didn’t want to do another scan because of the high cost and radiation. Fortunately, I’ve found an easy, effective, inexpensive ($55), and non-invasive test that anyone can do. It’s a urine test called the Navarro test.

The test measures the presence of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG), a hormone found in the urine of pregnant women. Numerous medical reports show this to be present in the urine of cancer patients. If the test shows that the number is above 50, that indicates cancer (above the amount that we all naturally have in our bodies).

As I awaited the results of my test, I realized that I’ve come to an amazing place in this journey – a place I didn’t know I’d ever get to but always hoped I would – a place of peace with whatever happens. I trust and accept that I’m right where I’m supposed to be, I’m in alignment with my soul, I’ve made friends with my body and my emotions, and if my number is up, (literally), then I accept that as part of the grand plan.

Maybe, having reached this place of peace, I no longer need cancer as my teacher. The results of the test showed that my number was 52.2, in the ‘faintly positive’ range for cancer. Though my number was ‘up’, it wasn’t a high number. The doctor wrote, “The elevated HCG is possibly coming from remnants (microscopic or otherwise) of the uterine cancer.” (He also advised me that the result should be correlated with medical measurements such as CT Scans, Ultrasounds, MRIs, and said that a biopsy procedure confirms the diagnosis of cancer.)

What I take from this is, I may still have cancer, but not a whole lot of it. That leads me to believe that the alternative healing treatments that I’m doing are holding the cancer at bay, that I am peacefully co-existing with it, or possibly even eliminating it. That’s the value of the Navarro test: it serves as a baseline result. I’ll do the test again in a few months to see if my number goes up or down, which will tell me if what I’m doing is working or not working and if I need to try something different. There are many alternative treatments; some are effective for some people, some for others. This test serves as a gauge that shows which ones are working and which ones aren’t.

To learn more about this test go here http://navarromedicalclinic.com/

To view my holistic healing regimen go here http://enlightenink.com/?page_id=333&paged=3

I wish you health in body, mind, and spirit; but more than that, I wish you profound peace with WHATEVER is happening.

In Love,

Jan Jacobsen

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Feb 13 2012

How to Consciously Cope Well with Cancer (& Other Calamities) – #87

Hello Everyone,

My book celebration party was a rousing success! Yay \o/ Thank you to everyone who was there! If you weren’t able to be there, you can see a video of my speech from the party here. \http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qtundsmgi0&context=C3277ff5ADOEgsToPDskLltZCY3YGOoeimKkaH8p4Z

In Love,

Jan Jacobsen

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Jan 20 2012

Words: An Inexhaustible Source of Magic – #86

I am a great believer in the tremendous power of the words. “Words cast spells – that’s why they call it spelling.” Or, as Dumbledore said to Harry Potter, “Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.”

We are all products of the words that were repeatedly said to us as children, and continue to say to ourselves now. Some of us heard words in childhood that hypnotized us into believing that we’re not valuable or important. That’s the message I got.

That message can get passed on through generations. I have a heart-rending memory of a time when I was a teenager and my mother, sister and I surprised my father with a birthday cake. He slumped down in the chair and put his face in his hands and started sobbing, saying, “I thought you forget. I thought you didn’t care.” I was deeply touched and surprised to see that he felt the same pain that I did.

My father died of a heart attack not long after that. I feel that the work I’m doing in this life on feeling worthy and open to receive, I’m doing for him as well. In the relay race of self-love, I now have the baton.

I’ve recently been motivated to step up my capacity to own and feel comfortable with my worth. The reason I’m so motivated is because after a friend generously offered to host a book signing party for me, my first reaction was FEAR. The thought of being the center of attention made me want to head for the hills! But then my soul piped in and said, “This is a perfect opportunity to work on increasing your sense of self-worth and becoming comfortable receiving love and appreciation.” When I saw it as a challenge to do my soul work, I said a resounding “Yes!”

I am now in training for the book signing party at the end of this month (see invitation below); I am diligently building my ‘worthiness’ muscles; I feel like the Rocky of self-worth! I am saturating myself in words and feelings and evidence of my value. Everyday I go for a walk and as I’m walking I affirm, “I am a beautiful soul. I am comfortable being seen and appreciated.” I breathe deep slow breaths and let it in. Every morning when I wake up I speak those same words, imagining and feeling complete relaxation and peace as I pickle myself in the energy of love and worthiness.

I know from experience that with focused and fervently felt words we can hypnotize ourselves into or out of just about anything. I’m reminded of all the times I have successfully used words to psyche myself into more love, more money, greater self-esteem, and better health. Here are some of those times:

When I began selling my arts and crafts at the Sunday Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show, at first it was hard for me to believe that people would buy my work and, therefore, my reality reflected that belief. So…I kept imagining and repeating to myself things like: “People love to buy my arts and crafts.” And they did! As I said my affirmations, my sales increased and I was able to make my living at it for 25 years.

When I was ready to have love in my life, I used a powerful form of hypnosis called “yes sets” to help me break through my disbelief. Everyday I’d say a series of truisms about my lovability, getting my mind nodding in agreement, and then I tagged on the new desired belief: “I know that I am a fabulous spiritual partner and fun playmate for some very lucky guy.” That helped open the door for some very lucky guy named Tom!

I’m currently using the power of words and imagination with my health. Together, Tom and I daily verbally affirm how we want our day to go. We see and feel it as if it is already so. I say things like: “I am filled with vitality. I am healthy and strong. I have an abundance of energy to do everything I want to do. I feel comfortable and joyful in my body.” After my chemo and radiation treatment I felt pain and discomfort. But when I started affirming and imagining that I was becoming pain free, I soon actually became pain free!

Now, I am excited that the impending party is probing me to use the magic wand of words to hypnotize myself into feeling comfy and cozy in my self-worth. My soul is doing jumping jacks about this current focus! I believe we are all on a hero’s journey to discover and reclaim our inherent magnificence, and our soul enthusiastically encourages us, “Remember who you REALLY are!”

How about you? Can you remember times when you used the magic of words to transform yourself into a new way of being? Have you owned that you are a ravishingly beautiful soul? If not, you can affirm, imagine, and feel the truth of that, hypnotizing yourself into owning and being your true magnificent self!

In Love,

Jan Jacobsen

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Jan 10 2012

Meet Your Entelechy – #85

This is the start of a new year, but not just any new year; it is the auspicious, much ballyhooed 2012! Some say it’s the beginning of the end. I believe it’s the beginning of a new beginning — a perfect time to turn up our light and let it shine more brightly in the world. It’s an ideal time to commit to our dreams, our highest potential, our most actualized self, otherwise known as our entelechy.

I first heard the word entelechy (en.tell.a.key) in a workshop with Jean Houston. She told us that our “entelechy is all about the possibilities encoded in each of us.” For instance, the entelechy of an acorn is to be an oak tree, a caterpillar to be a butterfly, and a popcorn kernel to be fully popped. We are all loaded and encoded with a dynamic purpose, a special gift and ability that comes naturally to us – so naturally that we may even take it for granted and not recognize it as our innate, great purpose.

I believe that sometimes, if we are not fulfilling our purpose, the powers that be may light a fire under us in order to help our potential fully pop. When these adversities happen it may seem like life has turned on us, but instead it has turned us ON – turning on the big, bright, luminous light of our soul, our strength, and our special abilities, illuminating the dynamic purpose inherent in us. Our life challenges can create those brilliant light-bulb moments when it all starts to make sense and we say, “Oh yeah, now I remember who I am and why I’m here!”

That’s what happened to me almost 3 years ago when I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. It woke me up big time and set me on a course of living my purpose and doing the inspirational writing that my soul had been longing to do. I’d always said that I would write someday…cancer kicked my ‘someday’ into ‘write now’!

Though adversity can be a great shaker and waker, fortunately there are other less painful ways to awaken our deepest potential. I’d like to share with you a powerful exercise that Jean Houston did with us (I’ve paraphrased and abbreviated it):

Stand with your eyes closed and imagine facing your entelechy, your highest self, your deep essence. Imagine your entelechy looking at you with profound love and appreciation for your journey, cherishing you, and imparting to you wisdom, encouragement and inspiration. Breathe it in. Then imagine switching places with your entelechy and BEING that higher self, feeling what that would feel like to embody your highest potential. From that place feel great love and respect for your journeying self, sending that self empowerment, courage, and strength. When you are ready, step back into your journeying self and fully receive those messages of love and encouragement, let it in, feel it, become filled with the love and vitality of your highest self, knowing that is who you truly are.

Just as the acorn holds within it the mighty oak tree, we hold within us our mighty, magnificent, actualized self. The most majestic oak tree is just a little nut that held it’s ground! Our challenge is to hold our ground, to commit to remembering who we really are, and hold ourselves in the dynamic light of that knowing.

How about you? Do you know what your entelechy is, your special purpose, your most actualized self? Is this the year to turn up the heat and pop into your full potential? I’m imagining us all jubilantly singing, “This bright entelechy of mine, I’m gonna let it shine! Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!”

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Dec 10 2011

One Very Important Rule for a Successful Holiday – #84

Recently I was browsing in my favorite store in Cambria, Moonstones Gallery, and was delighted to come across a very funny Brian Andreas Story People print that said:

Rules for a successful holiday:
1.     Get together with the family
2.     Relive old times
3.     Get out before it blows (tick tick tick)

The reason that’s so funny is because it can be so true! It reminded me of my annual visits to my family home in Mystic, Connecticut — what I liked to call The Button Factory because that’s where all my buttons were installed. I considered it my yearly exam for all the personal growth I’d achieved that year. I’d start out with such good intentions to stay calm, stay centered, stay present; but as the days went by…tick tick tick…the big KABOOM loomed and I was doomed!

It was very humbling. Ram Dass once said, “If you think you are enlightened, go and spend a week with your parents.” Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now, wrote in response to that quote, “The relationship with your parents is not only the primordial relationship that sets the tone for all subsequent relationships, it is also a good test for your degree of Presence. The more shared past there is in a relationship, the more present you need to be; otherwise, you will be forced to relive the past again and again.

I was talking to Tom about the trials of family visits, and shared a joke I’d heard about it:

Question: What is Einstein’s theory of relativity?
Answer: The closer you get to your relatives the slower time goes.
He laughed and said that could be taken two ways. He has an unusually harmonious family, so for him the closer he gets to his family, time slows down in a good way because he is fully present with them, savoring every delicious moment.

This has been one of the big gifts of the big “C” for me — I’m learning to savor every precious moment with loved ones, with this planet, with this earthsuit known as Janet. The ‘tick tick tick’ of time passing has slowed down to ‘Now Now Now’. I reassure myself, “Right now I’m all right and right now is all there is.” That’s the mantra that comforts me the most when my worst fears come up — it successfully brings me back to the safety and reality of the present moment.

In the present moment, life is experienced as it is…not as it might be in the future or as it was in the past. Therefore, I believe that one very important rule for a successful holiday (and life) is to be fully present with what is happening now, savoring life and loved ones like delicious eggnog.
My mother passed away several years ago and our childhood home was sold. I can honestly say that I miss The Button Factory. I wish I’d been able to savor more the time I spent there. I wish I had allowed myself to experience time slowing down in a good way. A valuable lesson I’ve learned from that is: Better to savor than be sorry.

How about you? Do you have a mantra that helps you stay centered and present during challenging times (like family visits)?  Is there something that helps remind you to savor the delicious present rather than gnaw on the painful past? I’m wishing you a very savory Christmas present!

In Love,
Jan Jacobsen

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