Affirmation

I would have to say that in my experience of the world, affirmation is rare. I often hear praise of something accomplished, perceived or otherwise, or support that a particular perspective is being portrayed. However, I rarely if ever hear genuine affirmation. When a person directs truthful, genuine, ‘personal recognising’ statements that build you up, or simply support your standing, you have been affirmed.

When I was first introduced to the power of affirmation, it was described to me as being a rare thing. I have to say I didn’t quite believe it. I began to include a lesson on affirmation in some classes I was running and the results were quite incredible. In the scores of people I’ve introduced to affirmation, only one didn’t see what all the fuss was about. She had received affirmation her whole life. A truly blessed person. Everyone else had a life changing experience. From people who had never been affirmed in their whole lives breaking down in tears to others who still carry around the little affirmation given them by me during the class.

You see, I would get to know the people in the class, paying attention to them as a person and looking for positive things with which to affirm. I would then sit and write a short affirmation for everyone. It’s not that hard once you start and the benefits are life changing, especially for the person receiving the affirmation, but also for you. In order to affirm, you have to look past yourself to others, pay attention and actively listen. These three things help make you a better person.

So, how do you begin the process of becoming one who affirms?

Let’s start with a definition. An affirmation is using positive words to build others and help them to be successful. There is a little acronym that can be used to help frame affirmation properly

  • PPersonality / Character the best things that people like to hear about are comments on character qualities or personality traits.
  • AAccomplishmentsobserve and note their “accomplishments.”
  • TThings – Encourage others by noticing the important “things” in their lives.

There are basically two important steps for building an atmosphere of approval and affirmation.

  1. Look for good Character Qualities
  2. Give honest, sincere affirmation.

Now, if you have never done this before, know where to start really helps. Below is a list of character qualities with references from the Set-Apart Scriptures to give you an idea of what to look for.

Now you might be thinking that in your search for healing and wholeness, you want someone to affirm you, rather than you affirming another. While being affirmed is life changing, being one who affirms makes you a conduit of blessing to another that will always have a positive influence on you as well. Focusing away from your problems and looking to affirm someone else can be just the light you need in your darkness to carry on. Introduce light in to your situation and it simply dispels darkness. It’s an eternal principle!

Character Quality Description Reference
Alertness Being aware of that which is taking place around me so that I can have the right responses. Mark 14:38

Attentiveness

Showing the worth of a person by giving undivided attention to their words & emotions. Hebrews 2:1

Availability

Making my own schedule and priorities secondary to the wishes of those I am serving Philippians 2:20-21

Boldness

Confidence that what I have to say or do is true and right and just in the sight of God. Acts 4:29

Cautiousness

Knowing how important right timing is in accomplishing right actions. Proverb 19:2

Compassion

Investing whatever is necessary to heal the hurts of others. 1 John 3:17

Contentment

Realising God has provided everything that I need for my present happiness. 1 Timothy 6:8

Creativity

Approaching a need, a task, an idea from a new perspective. Romans 12:2

Decisiveness

The ability to finalise difficult decisions based on the will and ways of God. James 1:5

Deference

Limiting my freedom in order not to offend the tastes of those God has called me to serve. Romans 14:21

Dependability

Fulfilling what I consented to do, even if it means unexpected sacrifice. Psalm 15:4

Determination

Purposing to accomplish God’s goals in God’s time regardless of the opposition. 2 Timothy 4:7, 8

Diligence

Seeing tasks as special assignments from the Lord and working hard at them. Colossians 3:23

Discernment

The God-given ability to understand why things happen. 1 Samuel 16:7

Discretion

Avoiding words, actions, & attitudes which might bring undesirable consequences. Proverb 22:3

Endurance

The inward strength to withstand stress to accomplish God’s best. Galatians 6:9

Enthusiasm

Expressing with my spirit the joy of my soul. 1 Thessalonians 5:16, 19

Faith

Visualising what God intends to do in a given situation and acting in harmony with it. Hebrews 11:1

Flexibility

Not setting my affections on ideas or plans which could be changed by God or others. Colossians 3:2

Forgiveness

Clearing the record of my offenders and allowing God to love them through me. Ephesians 4:32

Generosity

Realising that all I have belongs to God and using it for His purposes. 1 Corinthians 9:6

Gentleness:

Showing personal care and concern in meeting the needs of others. 1 Thessalonians 2:7

Gratefulness

Making known to God and others in what ways they have benefited my life. 1 Corinthians 4:7

Hospitality

Cheerfully sharing physical and spiritual refreshment with those God brings into my life. Hebrews 13:2

Humility

Recognising that God and others are actually responsible for the achievements in my life. James 4:6

Initiative

Recognising and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it. Romans 12:21

Joyfulness

The spontaneous enthusiasm of my spirit when my soul is in fellowship with the Lord. Psalm 16:11

Justice

Personal responsibility to God’s unchanging laws. Micah 6:8

Love

Giving to other’s basic needs without having as my motive personal reward. 1 Corinthians 13:3

Loyalty

Using difficult times to show my commitment to God and those He called me to serve. John 15:13

Meekness

Yielding my personal rights and expectations to God. Psalm 62:5

Ministry

Intruding into another’s life in order to lead them closer to God by considering how I can stir them toward love and good works. Hebrews 10:24-25

Obedience

Freedom to be creative under the protection of divinely-appointed authority. 2 Corinthians 10:5

Orderliness

Preparing myself and my surroundings so that I will achieve the greatest efficiency. 1 Corinthians 14:40

Patience

Accepting a difficult situation from God without giving Him a deadline to remove it. Romans 5:3, 4

Persuasiveness

Guiding vital truths around another’s mental roadblocks. 2 Timothy 2:24

Punctuality

Showing high esteem for other people and their time.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

Resourcefulness

Wise use of that which others would normally overlook or discard.

Luke 16:10

Responsibility

Knowing and doing what both God and others are expecting from me.

Romans 14:12

Reverence

Knowing God is working through people and events to make me Christ-like.

Proverb 23:17, 18

Security

Structuring my life around that which is eternal and cannot be destroyed or taken away.

John 6:27

Self-Control

Instant obedience to the initial promptings of God’s Spirit.

Galatians 5:24, 25

Sensitivity

Exercising my senses so I can perceive the true spirit and emotions of those around me.

Romans 12:15

Sincerity

Eagerness to do what is right with transparent motives.

1 Peter 1:22

Thoroughness

Knowing what will diminish the effectiveness of my work or words if neglected.

Proverb 18:15

Thriftiness

Not letting myself or others spend that which is not necessary.

Luke 16:11

Tolerance

Accepting others as unique characters in varying degrees of maturity.

Philippians 2:2

Truthfulness

Earning future trust by accurately reporting past facts.

Ephesians 4:25

Virtue

The moral excellence and purity of spirit that radiate from my life as I obey God’s Word.

2 Peter 1:5-8

Wisdom

Seeing and responding to life situations from God’s frame of reference.

Proverb 9:10

Every time a person praises me for something, I just accept it as a flower. Then at the end of the day I put all the flowers together into a lovely bouquet, get on my knees, and say, ‘Here, Father, this bouquet belongs to You. The lovely things people have said about me, they were really saying about You. Thank you, Father, for using me.’ ” Corrie Ten Boom

Be blessed Aryeh.

Thank You

Giving thanks is an important part of remaining whole. There is plenty of encouragement to give thanks, whether it is in a reduced form of politeness, manners, or social interaction in which things are progressed, or the more instructional life commands such as those by Rabbi Sha’ul, “in all circumstances give thanks…” 1 Thessalonians 5:18a. Giving thanks is a willful decision to pass on a blessing. (in religious speak that is). Most of creation receives the creators life energy (or blessing) without any interaction. Plant and insect life are good examples. Anywhere a plant can grow, or an insect breed, it will. The energy of unbridled, unmitigated life is in evidence all around us. One current example is Chernobyl. “While radiation has certainly caused mutations in some of these animals, it is astounding that the area has been able to come back as much as it has.” Life, there is nothing like it!

To put some definition around thanks, I wish to elevate it above the mundane. The person on a store register can hand you your change and you can acknowledge the end of the transaction with a ‘Thanks’ or a grunt. This is not what I mean by thanks. This is simply a verbal mechanism to end the transaction and move on.

When I talk about thanks, I mean, you look the person in the eye, give recognition of their person and say ‘thank you’, conveying genuine appreciation for the service rendered and for them as a person. It only takes a few seconds if that yet can have a profound effect on both you and the person you thank in such a manner. Remember a time when you expected thanks, but never received it? It leaves a negative emotion. Remember a time when someone has simply appreciated you, not so much what you did, but you. It felt really good I’m sure.

The creator gives us the opportunity of being a channel of his creative power by giving thanks. If we give thanks, creative energy flows from our being to another, thus building them up. If we refrain from giving thanks, we don’t pass on a blessing, we rob the person worthy of thanks.

I used to work for a dam operator and while the dam was used for water supply and flood control, the environment around the dam was also a high priority within the organisation. Water quality was checked on a continuous basis and environmental flow was regulated to ensure that the river downstream from the dam was healthy. Normally, valves were opened to ensure a continuous flow, however at times, the engineers would also open the gates to feed the downstream river. The opening of the gates can be compared to our decision to say thanks. It was a choice of the engineers to open the gates and it’s a choice we have to give thanks. The valves in the wall, letting a small but continuous flow can equate to a lifestyle of giving thanks in all the small things.

At another time, I used to work for an organisation with a very large property. Large enough for a separate property division. The head of that department did something for my department and without thinking about it much, I purposely went and thanked him as was my normal custom. In the days that followed, I found out from the larger community that this event had caused quite a stir. This manager having worked in this role for many years had never been thanked and when I did so, he didn’t quite know what to do he was so shocked. You would never have called us friends, but our respective departments always had a good relationship from then on. All the result of a simple ‘thank you’.

In relation to the example above with the dam, you might be aware of other types of dams that have no gates and no valves. If a flood comes, they simply over-top. Except for this, the downstream river or creek simply dries up and the land around it degrades due to lack of water. This is what a person is like when there is not a lifestyle of giving thanks. No creative energy is passed on, except for extreme events when the circumstances seem to dictate to this type of person that in this case giving thanks is applicable. You would also be aware that a body of water with no outflow becomes stagnant and unhealthy. The same happens to a person who doesn’t give thanks. This affects your health and wholeness because the result of ungratefulness is bitterness, complaining, and a joyless life. None of which are very conducive to health and wholeness.

Consider for a moment a time you may have been warmly thanked. Remember how it felt. It was good, uplifting. What happened there was the creators energy was gated through this person and you benefited. But so did they! Remember a body of water that has both healthy inflows and outflows is healthy and vibrant.

Consider if you give thanks, then you bless someone in religious terms, you expend energy in quantum physics terms, you make someone feel good in human relations terms. Any way you look at it, you give something away. Does it cost you to give thanks? Yes, it does. So the question is, if you keep giving away, how will you be filled? It’s a very interesting question!

My answer is that if you are connected to the Creator, He will. He will provide an unlimited source of positive, blessing / energy / feel good if you will only allow Him. There are a couple of important words here. The first is allow. The Creator gives you the choice. He never imposes himself upon you. You receive the consequences of your decision. Secondly, the Creator is prefixed with ‘the’. There is only one. There are many claiming to be He, however, there is only one. You can find out about him in the Hebrew Scriptures.

Now assuming you want to start being filled and start giving away blessing through thankfulness, and assuming you are new to this, here is also an opportunity to develop faith.

Many people think faith is simply believing. It is not! Let me demonstrate by using a story example about hearing. You have a small child playing with toys spread all over the dining room floor. You ask the child to pick the toys up and put them away because dinner time is approaching. The child has only heard you when the toys are being picked up and put away. He heard with his ears and he acted. Now let’s look at faith. This time, you are out abseiling with a bunch of friends. There is a rope tied off to a big hulking tree and you have watched your friends go over the cliff on the rope down to the bottom safely. You believe the rope will hold you. However, until you have your backside hanging out over the cliff, you have not demonstrated faith. In English terms, ‘believe’ is better understood by using the word trust.

So moving back to being thankful. If you were to seek the Creator and His filling and started giving away through thankfulness, you will have a demonstration of whether the Creator can be trusted or not. He never calls for blind faith. He always demonstrates His power and faithfulness. Now let’s say, that after a few weeks of actively, with intention, you are thankful. If at the end of those few weeks, consider for yourself, are you empty or fuller? If the latter, you have proved the Creator to be trustworthy. That’s the beginning of faith!

By engaging in the creative work of giving thanks, you reap a blessing for yourself. It is just that simple. There are many ways to get started. If you like making lists, make a list of all the people you are going to thank over the next period. If you like a challenge, set yourself a target to say ‘thank you’ with purpose and intention 5 times a day. Whatever works for you. The sooner you start participating with the creative work of the Creator by blessing someone, the sooner you will reap the reward of life flowing through you. Be Blessed Aryeh.

Give thanks to יהוה, for He is good, 
For His kindness is everlasting! 
I Chronicles 16:34

As I forgave You

One of the most destructive forces that actively works against healing and wholeness is unforgiveness. For anyone who has been abused, physically, sexually or spiritually, for anyone who has been badly betrayed, forgiveness becomes a key issue to deal with. It is absolutely essential that the act of forgiveness be undertaken if healing and wholeness is to take place. A problem for many, is that forgiveness, what it is and how it works is largely misunderstood. This isn’t helped by different interpretations by different religions.

I’ll let you compare the difference, however, let me proceed with the concept that I believe applies to healing and wholeness. This is the idea introduced by the God of Israel and of which we find descriptions and examples in the Hebrew Bible. Wally Spiegler writes.

Extending forgiveness does not imply agreeing with, condoning, or minimizing any personal violation that has occurred. Nor does it necessarily mean reestablishing a relationship with a person who offended you. … When we stay in judgment, hurt, anger or resentment, we remain attached to the person who hurt us, which keeps the negative emotions flowing.

Another way of explaining forgiveness is the decision to give up our right to retribution. It is the nature of the human soul to overdo the payback. The concept of an eye for an eye is not a negative concept. It is dictating that the punishment must match the crime. This is called justice. In our world today, it seems a rare thing for real justice to be achieved. Justice can still be had and perused even after forgiveness has taken place.

Forgiveness does not mean in human terms forgetting. What forgiveness does do is remove the power over you that the offense places on you. There is a powerful word that Yeshua spoke regarding forgiveness.

Matthew 6:14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father shall also forgive you.“But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither shall your Father forgive your trespasses.”

This is something to meditate on, because the benefit promised by those who forgive is magnificent. If you have something that needs to be forgiven, then a metaphorical hole has been dug. That hole needs to be filled in for everything to return to normal. Every hole you and I have dug, every hole that everyone else has dug, including those who have offended, betrayed, abused and in any way harmed us. Ah, and there is the rub. For those who have done something against us, we don’t want their hole filled in. We want them to suffer! How, you ask, is every hole filled in. Well every offense ultimately is against the Creator. If someone injures me, they offend the Creator that made me. The simple beautiful truth is that Yeshua, the brought forth Son of God, His death and resurrection resulted in all the holes being filled in. Added to this is that Yeshua is described as the righteous judge. Everyone will get their just rewards.

Even if you don’t buy into the ‘God’ thing, there is still a valuable principle here. If we do not forgive, we hold onto the burden that troubles us. If God does not forgive our trespass, because we have not forgiven someone else, the burden remains for us to carry. Even though the hole that has been dug can be deemed as being filled in, if we don’t forgive, our holes remain unfilled and we bear the burden of filling them ourselves. As we can never satisfactorily do this, we carry a burden, we can never get rid of if we don’t forgive.

So, how do we forgive? The process is simple, but the battle of the heart can be arduous. The process is the make a decision of the will, to let go of your right to retribution. If you have faith in the God of Israel, you can trust Him to meter out appropriate justice. Because of the work of Yeshua through his death and resurrection,  every offense you have committed can be forgiven, removed, as if they never happened. Just as someone who has offended you can never repay their debt, neither can you repay your debt. Whatever, it takes, logic, faith, you need to exercise your will and make a decision to forgive. You then need to feed your heart with truth statements such as;

  • I am a person of value and have the right to move on with my life and be free
  • God is a just God and will repay evil and judge the unrepentant heart
  • I have been forgiven all my trespasses and because I trust in the work of Yeshua, these cannot be held against me, nor can I be made to feel guilty about them.
  • I am not to blame that others have violated and/or offended me.
  • As God has forgiven me, I can forgive others.
  • I don’t need to achieve retribution before I’m able to go on with my life.

To assist in the process, you can use the healing codes, or you can use this simple process below.

  1. Hold the feeling generated by the offense tightly and fell it with all your might.
  2. Let it go. (Don’t worry, you can take it back)
  3. Breath deeply.
  4. Now take it back, feel the offense again,
  5. Let it go.
  6. Breath Deeply,
  7. Do this again, 6 to 10 times.

You will likely notice that each time you go to take it back, its power will have diminished. Once your heart has let go, let it go for good and forgive. You may need a coach to run through this process with you. Find your mensch and have them coach you through the process. Repeat as needed, until you can finally and totally let the issue go. If, after a couple of weeks, you are still carrying the pain, you need to start asking why. What fear, lie, misconception is keeping this pain attached to you?

I’ll finish here by saying that you can forgive. You can be free. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Be Blessed Aryeh.

I See You

Eitan Shishkoff:  Being joined intimately with the Inventor of the universe flips that equation around, propels us into value and dissolves our aloneness, with the constant nearness of Another.

Have you ever sat down with someone close and simply taken the time to look into their eyes? Not saying anything, just sensing their spirit and letting them sense yours? I truly hope that at some point in your life you have done just that. If not, let me encourage you to suggest the exercise with someone close to you.

The chances are that smiles and giggles will hide embarrassment as you feel the uncomfortable sensation of someone being that close to you. Unless you have warning bells going off in your head regarding this person, which I implore you to not ignore, persevere until you can relax and feel deep in your being the closeness of another spiritual being.

There is an awful lot you can tell about a person when you are this close. Which is probably why we shy away from being this close with all but a few if any. However, if you are blessed enough to be intimate with someone  you love and trust and they love and trust you, taking the time to sense each other’s spirits simply by looking into each other’s eyes for a couple of minutes is an amazing, wonderful experience. Do it often enough and there is little you can hide from this other person and them, you. Which again is why people don’t do this exercise very often.

But what if you had nothing the fear? What if you had the perfect acceptance of the other person. They could say “I see you” and you could say “I see you”, everything laid bare. Imagine if you will what that would be like. We spend so much energy shaping the perception of others by masking our true selves. I do it, we all do it. I am truly blessed to have someone who I can look eye to eye and know despite everything I am, that I am loved and accepted. There simply is nothing better! The person I speak of is my partner in life. However, I also have another. Even with my partner, there are things hidden and managed, but there is one with whom I can be totally open.

His name is יְהֹוָה, Yehovah in English and He is the God of Israel. Many religions are understood to be a set of rules and regulations, a form, rather than a relationship. Yes, Yehovah has laid out the best way to live, but first and foremost, His desire is a relationship.

It’s kind of funny that we try to hide from God. We don’t want to get to close to Him because he might find out what we are really like. I’ll let you into a little secret. He already knows everything about you. He created you.

When God delivered Israel from Egypt, he did so to bring them into a relationship with Him. Exodus 6: 6 “Say, therefore, to the children of Yisra’ĕl, ‘I am יהוה, and I shall bring you out from under the burdens of the Mitsrites, and shall deliver you from their enslaving, and shall redeem you with an outstretched arm, and with great judgments, and shall take you as My people, and I shall be your Elohim. And you shall know that I am יהוה your Elohim who is bringing you out from under the burdens of the Mitsrites.”

Here you have someone who is wholly trustworthy, ever faithful, that has made a decision to love you, has even fixed it so you and He can have a relationship of the most intimate type. You can look him in the eye and say, “I see You” and He will whisper back “I See You”. Now you have to understand that the God of Israel, is a multidimensional being, without a beginning or an end, who created all things. To see Him fully would kill you in our current forms. However, He has made himself known through His word and we can get to know him intimately.

What has this to do with Healing and Wholeness. Simple. He is the source. Yehovah is the source. His pure light, Gen 1: 3 And Elohim said, “Let light come to be,” and light came to be. And Elohim saw the light, that it was good. Yeshua said, John 8:12 Therefore יהושע spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall by no means walk in darkness, but possess the light of life.”

Knowing the creator means I know I’m truly loved. I have value! Because of what Yeshua did, I Am acceptable. I am never alone. This bedrock for the soul is the source of life and healing. I’ve known it for many, many years and I continue to grow in it each and every year.

Psalm 23:6 Only goodness and kindness pursue me All the days of my life; And I shall dwell in the House of יהוה, To the length of days! When I came to an understanding that the God of all Creation was pursuing me in order to have a relationship with me, the very thought simply terrified me. I’m no longer afraid but in constant awe.

If you want to know the creator, it takes intention. The death and resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah guarantees you access into the presence of the Living God. You come on His terms, but what He offers is life. Everything needed is found in the Hebrew Bible. You start by calling out, “Yehovah God of Israel, I want to get to know you. I approach you under the covering, the protection if you will, of the blood of Yeshua, your brought forth son. Hello,” Be Blessed Aryeh.

Music

Music is an essential ingredient for the direct application of healing and the general maintenance of a healing environment. Whenever, one starts speaking about music, like food, and let’s take ice-cream as an example, people usually have an opinion and don’t like to be told what flavour they should have.

I’d like to address not the flavour but the constituents. In a sea-side town on the east coast, a couple of hours drive from where I live, is a gelato shop that makes world class, awarding winning gelato (gelato is the Italian word for ice cream) using only natural ingredients. I remember when I was much younger, someone said to me that the soft serve ice-cream at a certain fast food outlet was mostly pig fat and contained no milk at all. Now I don’t if that is true or not, but for the sake of an example, let me compare the ‘pig fat’ “ice cream” with a world class gelato. The same flavours are available, except that the soft serve uses artificial ingredients (colours and flavours) and the gelato doesn’t. Now while a steady diet of either soft serve or gelato is not a good thing, you would be hard pressed to show that the ‘pig fat’ soft serve was healthier than the gelato.

You body tells you straight away. After the soft serve, you feel a little off. After the gelato, you feel full and satisfied. So I want to address in this article the type, not the flavour of music, necessarily. The qualification comes where an artificial flavour is made that can’t be produced naturally, but we’ll worry about that later.

You may have heard of people who play music to plants and get varying results depending upon the type of music played. Often the results would be something like, ‘classical music improves the plants while modern rock music causes them to die’. If you are of the younger generation, you simply discount this as your elders trying to hold back progress in music development. I guess in some cases, this was a convenient ploy used by parents with teenagers liking a different form of music than them. But remember, we are not talking about flavour here. We are talking about type. If the truth is told, there are probably healing qualities to be found in most forms of music as well as destructive. I’ve a hunch, however, that some types are simply destructive.

There is a lot of research done on the effect of sound on water, plants, people and there are arguments and counter arguments. I’m not sure that a definitive scientific pronouncement can be made on the subject. I suspect because there are two many variables at play that we either don’t understand are unable to accept and/or comprehend. Even with the use or words, which is sound, the difference between a positive word and a negative word, my not be the sound itself, but rather the spiritual power connected to the word from the speaker. Then you take how the word is interpreted by the hearer. I believe there is a lot more at play than just pressure waves that we can detect as sound and music.

I know music has an effect. I read a headline just today, “For once, I’m lost for words…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing … Chinese pianist, Yuja Wang, whipped a sold-out Sydney Recital Hall audience into a standing, bravoing frenzy last night with a program of Chopin and Scriabin.” What makes an audience do that? I myself have listened to Handel’s Messiah and been moved to tears with goose bumps all over me. I’ve listened to a rock violinist that left me feeling simply exhilarated. I went to a Brian Adams concert and was just thrilled to my boots at the quality of music played. What causes that? I’ve also been horribly turned off by many forms of music. (Well some people call music, I just call it noise!)

So, what is it? The frequency, the intensity, the lyrics, the beat? Does music really heal?

Dr. Mike Friedman is a clinical psychologist in Manhattan and a member of EHE International’s Medical Advisory Board, says “Does music heal emotional suffering? Research says yes. We now know through controlled treatment outcome studies that listening to and playing music is a potent treatment for mental health issues. Research demonstrates that adding music therapy to treatment improves symptoms and social functioning among schizophrenics . Further, music therapy has demonstrated efficacy as an independent treatment for reducing depression, anxiety and chronic pain.“ (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brick-brick/201402/does-music-have-healing-powers)

Scientific America says, “Music Can Heal the Brain. New therapies are using rhythm, beat and melody to help patients recover language, hearing, motion and emotion” http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/music-can-heal-the-brain/

Then there is 432Hz! Listening to 432Hz music resonates inside your body, releases emotional blockages, and expands consciousness. 432Hz music allows you to tune into the knowledge of the universe around us in a more intuitive way. Read about it here. https://attunedvibrations.com/432hz-healing/

There is also the classic example found in the Hebrew Bible. 1 Samuel 16:23 “And it came to be, whenever the evil spirit from Elohim was upon Sha’ul, that Dawiḏ would take a lyre and play it with his hand. Then Sha’ul would become refreshed and well, and the evil spirit would leave him.”

Do I have a definitive recommendation for music. No, I wouldn’t be so bold. Allow me though to make a few observations and maybe make some recommendations.

Music can have a powerful effect on the environment we build around ourselves. So let’s give it some thought.

If we put aside the flavour issue and broaden our horizons we may find different some of the stereotypes we’ve adopted might just be ill advised. So whatever style of music you ‘like’ take the time to investigate other forms. You might be surprised.

If we take the time to be self-aware, we will begin to notice the effect that certain music has on us. We can use our built in discriminator to isolate what’s good for us and what’s not. For example, on the way home in the car today, I was listening to some sort of modern electronic music and I noticed, I had started to feel quite stressed in my upper back and neck muscles. I’m currently listening to a 432 DNA healing track. Normally I can’t concentrate with music playing at all. However, I’m writing (typing) this down in quick time with the 432Hz music playing.

I make three observations here;

  1. There is Music that has a healing effect by enhancing the bodies immune system letting it work better. I make this claim based on my own personal experience with the Healing Codes.
  2. There is music that is grating and negative either in the way it makes us feel or the negative lyrics that we take into our minds image of ourselves.
  3. There is also music that is specifically designed to alter the brain and move it into altered states. This is almost always connected in someway to spiritualism that is sourced from eastern mysticism, new age or some other incarnation. It is highly dangerous. Already we are seeing this type of music peddled by pseudo-scientific secular organisations and composers and I place a warning here, It is dangerous. In the spiritual realm, there is the Creator and the Adversary. This third type of music leads to the Adversary and the possibility of deep bondage. You can identify dangerous types of music when it is designed to alter your mind state where emptiness / oblivion is the goal. (Emptiness is not peace! Perfect relationship is peace and wholeness) Music designed to fill you mind with knowledge of the Creator and his attributes will have a positive effect and is the path you want to follow. Take or leave my advice as you like, but don’t say you weren’t made aware.

Then there are the lyrics. Yes, the lyrics again. No matter how catchy the tune, If someone told you day in and day out that you were no good, it has a negative effect. Negative lyrics can have the same effect by peddling lies that damage our sense of being.

While our built-in sensors, if allowed to operate can guide us quite well, there is a sure fire way of testing your stress response to Music. HRV measurement.

hrv

Using a mobile phone and a relatively inexpensive monitor you can monitor your stress levels at home yourself. You can work with your health professional or fitness coach if you like. I understand this system is virtually immune to the placebo effect, meaning that what you measure is real. The higher your HRV, the less stressed you are.

I’d suggest using your own built-in awareness system, and then once you have identified what you think is healing and helpful when it comes to music, get a monitor and a free HRV app and prove it, (or not).

In summary, I have barely scratched the surface on the importance of music for healing and your general environment. Part of your ill health could well be linked to what you are listening to! Think about it. That’s all this post is about. Raising awareness. Music matters to your health and well-being. Count on it. Be Blessed Aryeh.

Vittles

You are what you eat! A search on this statement returns a wealth of result, from book titles, beauty tips, diet tips and the like. It is very clear from just some basic research that what we eat affects our health. If only we had some guidelines to know what to eat and stay well.

I’ve had friends over the years who when faced with a terminal illness have sought alternative health paths, either because normal medicine can’t help them anymore or they don’t like the prescription being offered. What’s been reported is that the first bit of advice given by an alternative health practitioner and even some of the mainstream practitioners is “don’t any any more pork.”

As I became dissatisfied with religion, I began a journey of getting back to the original text of the Bible. I’d been raised a Christian and my starting point was that if God was real and He had really written the Bible, then all I really needed to know was what he said in it. Now I’m already convinced the bible is true. A book can’t predict the future with pinpoint accuracy and be false. There are multiple proofs to clearly demonstrate that the text we have today of the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts of the bible is authentic and accurate. (Unlike any other book, you can actually test and validate the results). However, this is not the matter for discussion now.

What I found, however, is what we have often been taught that the bible says is simply wrong. As part of the journey, we came to the Torah instructions regarding food. At this point, I’m still of the mind that the Old Testament is old and irrelevant and these instructions don’t apply anymore. So, I and a few others started wondering, “Why would God say that?”

Although not immediately discovered I did find something profound that affects all our attitudes regarding food. Anyone with biblical knowledge will understand that there are clean and unclean foods. BUT, are there?

What I found was striking. Deuteronomy 14:3 “You shall not eat any abomination. 4 These are the animals you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat, 5 the deer, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex,[a] the antelope, and the mountain-sheep. 6 Every animal that parts the hoof and has the hoof cloven in two and chews the cud, among the animals, you may eat.

That which is considered clean is food to eat. That which is unclean is not food at all, but an abomination. So, Deuteronomy 14:7 Yet of those that chew the cud or have the hoof cloven you shall not eat these: the camel, the hare, and the rock badger, because they chew the cud but do not part the hoof, are unclean for you. 8 And the pig, because it parts the hoof but does not chew the cud, is unclean for you. Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch.

Of course looking at the other instructions we find that shellfish, crab, prawns are not food, where fish with scales and fins are. Through a single thought change, we have introduced a flaw and opened the floodgates to stuff that we ingest that the Creator doesn’t consider food. No wonder we get sick.

Still I did research on pig meat. Pork, bacon, etc. Based on that research alone, I will never eat pig again. Separate to this, being keen on a healthy environment, I read how mussels/shellfish are used to see how polluted waterways are. They can do this because the toxins in the water end up in the flesh of the mussel/shellfish. Yes, the very delicacies that we love. Toxins and all!

I began to see why the creator gave a list of animals that were to be considered clean and therefore food and which were not. By ingesting the flesh of unclean animals that are not supposed to be food, we are putting our immune systems under great stress and actively hindering it from working, keeping us well and whole.

Many Christians will argue that the food instructions were overturned in the New Testament. All I say is look again. Never is the Torah of God overturned anywhere at any time. We read into the scriptures things that aren’t there because we either want to do our own thing or we don’t have an understanding of the context of the passage.

Many have said to me, I’m not giving up my bacon. Fine, I won’t argue with you. We all have free will. What I am saying is that the Creator has given instructions for the best way to live, even down to what we eat.

There is so much good information about food provided by specialists in their fields. All I’m saying is start from a perspective that gives you the best chance of finding the best dietary intake for health, healing and taste and that is the Creators perspective.

Again real science backs up the creators position. People live longer using the Creators guidelines and healthier to boot. Do some searching yourself and see what I mean. Be Blessed Aryeh.

Environmental Settings

Your environment could be making you sick! If you plant a sunflower in the shade, it probably won’t do very well. This seems patently obvious. But again the obvious isn’t always that obvious when we are under pressure. The environment in which we live greatly affects us and there is a lot we can do about it. To list some of the areas we should consider in our environment see the following.

Noise Levels: I heard a recent report that loud music makes alcohol taste sweeter and this probably accounts for, the louder the music, the more alcohol people consume. Now if you are trying to deaden pain, this temporary and harmful solution might be your solution of choice. However, sound volume affects our stress levels. Whether it’s the traffic on the main road, the beat of wind turbines, sustained loud music, or  a screaming child, noise increases our stress levels. There is much you can do to manage your noise levels. Anything from double glazing on your house, noise canceling headphones for the plane, a quiet area for lunch, just use your imagination. Not all noise can be countered, but most can be mitigated if we have awareness and take steps to minimize it.

Air Quality: Whether it is the documented health issues of smog in major Asian cities to the extreme of cigarette smoking, air quality in the lungs affects our health. While everyone’s circumstances will vary on the macro level, there are things we can do to maximize the quality of the air we breathe. In particular the level of particulates in the air. This can be the level of cleaning we apply to our surroundings, the surfaces of the floor and furniture we employ in our homes and offices to the plants we have around us in our personal yards and gardens. Ionic air purifiers can also be a valuable tool for an office or the whole house. Instead of relying on fans to move air through filters, the machines release a steady stream of negatively charged ions that electrify the many particulates in the air. The airborne particles pick up the negative charge and become strongly attracted to positively charged collection plates inside the machine. Even chemical smells, that caused severe headaches for someone I know were reduced to nil with a cheap $20.00 room ionizer that I loaned them.

Water Quality: Our bodies are on average 60% water and it plays some very important roles in it. For a start, it is used to maintain the health and integrity of every cell in the body, it keeps the bloodstream liquid enough to flow through blood vessels, helps eliminate the waste of the body’s metabolism, it helps to regulate body temperature, lubricates and cushion joints, keeps us looking good by moisturizer  the skin to maintain its  and appearance and carries nutrients and oxygen to cells to list just a few. “Polluted water isn’t just dirty—it’s deadly. Some 1.8 million people die every year of diarrheal diseases like cholera. Tens of millions of others are seriously sickened by a host of water-related ailments—many of which are easily preventable.Koshland Science Museum Most in the developed world have the blessing of clean drinking water. Depending on the city or town in which you live, the water will taste different, have different mineral constituents. Some will have chemicals added, the debate argued over public health benefits against natural chemical free water. What’s important to know is that clean water is essential for good health and healing. In-house water filters are available at reasonable costs to really clean up what you are drinking. Although it should be noted that reverse osmosis is the only way to remove some chemical additives. On our road to healing, we need clean water and we need to drink it. The guidelines vary on how much, but my rule of thumb is, if I feel thirsty I drink, in small mouthfuls, some water. (If you drink it fast, it passes right through. Drink it slowly and your body and brain get their cut) I do the finger press to see how quickly the blood returns and I note the colour of urine to monitor my water intake.

Food: My, is this a touchy subject. Everyone is an expert. I don’t claim to be one, but I will confess I stick to the guidelines of the Creator on this one. I will cover this in much more detail is a later post. Suffice to say, that what we ingest, gets broken down, some absorbed and used by the body and the rest eliminated or stored. There are many substances that will make us sick, either because they don’t belong in our bodies in the first place, or their combination is not what the body is expecting and so we get a negative effect. Do a bit of research on what effects highly processed foods have on your body. Next, become an amateur biologist and do some study on how they measure the pollutants in rivers and waterways. Yes, those very animals they use to examine the tissue for chemical residue, some humans eat! No wonder people get sick! It doesn’t take expensive fancy machines to eat well. It takes a basic knowledge of good food, basic preparation skills and will to eat well and be well. You may well be shocked at how many symptoms will simply disappear with a change of food intake.

Influences: There are many influences upon us and I’m not going to try to catalog them all here. What I do encourage you to do is to become aware of the influences you are subject to. You do this by intentionally listening and feeling the environment around you. As your moods and health changes, try to establish what the influences were that put you in that position. As you begin to identify negative influences, make small changes until you see changes. If they are for the better, then make the changes more wholesale. I give one example. Whenever I ate pizza with any sort of meat, I felt unwell and often had a headache 12 hours later. It turns out, that processed meats in my country must have preservatives in them called nitrates. These affect me negatively. Cut out processed meats and this area of unwellness was solved. How was this discovered? Simple, I just took the time to build awareness. Once my suspicions grew, I started doing research and in the end came up with a solution. I’ve even found sausage direct from the manufacturer, cured without any nitrates. So I get my cake and can eat it, even if I have to make my own pizzas! There are influences coming from advertising, music, books, noise, work environments, you name it. We can’t live without influences, but we can build awareness of what influences us and where possible, we can ditch the negative and on hold onto the positive.

People: Supposedly the worst punishment for a prisoner is solitary confinement. As one who like the pleasure of his own company, the back room, the open spaces, even I know the value of other people. The people we engage with affect us greatly. Firstly, we need people, but more importantly, we need the right kind of people. The former we understand. We are social creatures. Even a person in deep emotional pain would love the chance to reach out to someone or have someone reach out to them. It’s the kind of people that we associate with that can really contribute to our healing and wholeness. “Leave the simple ones and live, And walk in the way of understanding.” Prov 9:6 and “He who walks with the wise, shall be wise, But the companion of fools suffers evil.” Prov 13:20 Read my post on the kind of people we should be looking for as a partner on our journey. However, it’s not only the partner, it’s the companions we choose to keep company with as well.

Clothing: Scientists have discovered that linen fibers reflect light. The light energy aspect of living organisms has been measured by many individuals within the Scientific community. Nobel prize-winning Dr.Otto Heinrich Warburg identified signature frequency numbers of the average human at 70-90. All results with numbers less than 50 were identified as the signature frequency of chronic disease. Any number less than 15 was identified with those having a diagnosed incurable condition such as cancer. Zipporahsthimble Intriguing isn’t it. The Creator gave instructions on what types of materials should be worn and not mixed. As part of my research on why this might be I came across the research of Dr. Warburg. I’ve never worn a synthetic shirt since and have started bringing linen materials into my wardrobe. There were some shirts, that would get me quite agitated and I initially made no connection to what I was wearing. All I knew was it was great to get that shirt off my back! Certain types of clothing actually radiate positive energy. Do the research. You can find Dr. Warburg’s research online.

Music: The classic example is found in the Hebrew Bible. 1 Samuel 16:23 “And it came to be, whenever the evil spirit from Elohim was upon Sha’ul, that Dawiḏ would take a lyre and play it with his hand. Then Sha’ul would become refreshed and well, and the evil spirit would leave him.” Music can have a powerful effect on the environment we build around ourselves. There is much research and many specialists in this area. I simply note three observations. There is Music that has a healing effect by enhancing the bodies immune system letting it work better. There is music that is grating and negative. There is music that is specifically designed to alter the brain and move it into altered states. The latter is always connected in some way to spiritualism that comes under the guise of eastern mysticism, new age or some other incarnation. It is highly dangerous. Already we are seeing this type of music peddled by pseudo-scientific secular organizations and composers and I place a warning here, It is dangerous. In the spiritual realm, there is the Creator and the Adversary. This third type of music leads to the Adversary and the possibility of deep bondage. Take or leave my advice as you like, but don’t say you weren’t made aware.

Sleep & Rest: When the Israelite’s left Mitzrayim (meaning “narrow straits” or a tight spot), Egypt as we in the west know it, they were slaves and on of the first things Elohim gave them through his Torah (instruction) was a day off a week. What a day of celebration that must have been. “You mean we get a day off every 7th day?”. This historical story is a good analogy of the right environment for healing. If you are working day in and day out not getting enough sleep, or taking a day off a week, you are in a tight spot. You are a slave! Here are some reasons why sleep and rest are vital on your healing pathway. Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. It has been shown that people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later. Chronic sleep deprivation can alter hormone levels affecting the way our bodies process carbohydrates and affecting our appetite. Weight gain is a common result. Lack of sleep contributes to lapses that may cause falls and mistakes in our work and general routine. Irritability, impatience, and the inability to concentrate are often a symptom of a lack of sleep. Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat and with the altering of the immune function, reducing the body’s ability to perform the healing function it needs to.

There are probably many more environmental factors to consider, but the above list is a key list to consider. It’s not that there is anything earth shattering in the above list. It’s just that we have the tenancy to ignore the obvious. Let’s say we take the worst case scenario. You look at the list above and realize you are in a real mess. Everything on the list is an issue for you. The way to tackle it is simple. “How to you eat an elephant?” One bite at a time. Sit down, make a list of the things you can immediately do something about. Then identify the things that will take a bit more effort. Start slowly. Do the obvious, and wait until you see some benefit. Then move onto the next thing. Don’t go out and spend a lot of money on things. You might need to spend some, but the most effective thing you can do to improve your environment and contribute to your bodies capacity to heal itself is to decide to do one thing, and then another and then another. Be Blessed Aryeh.

Holiness Man

Religion at least in the west has spoiled an idea that has significant value for anyone seeking to be healed, or to walk the healing path. The word holiness is associated with special people and being more righteous or moral than somebody else. In fact outside the religion, the word is rarely used or understood and we only hear it in secular circles when the Dali Lama  comes to town, or the Catholic Pope is mentioned in the news. One might be accused of a ‘holier than thou’ attitude, but that’s about it. Of course, if you are involved in religious circles, you will hear the word Holy Spirit or something is Holy. I’m sure many Christians think that the Spirit of Elohim has a first name whose name is ‘Holy’!

Surprisingly references to special people with the term holy are actually appropriate. However, an association with moral uprightness has little to do with holiness. The opposite of holy is not sinful. The opposite of Holy is common. Holiness simply means to be set apart. The special dish that stays in your display cabinet for most of the year and is only brought into service for special events could be considered holy. It doesn’t reside with the plates that are used every day. These would be considered common.

Now holiness, or from now on set-apartness is directly associated with the divine. It is the one attribute that defines the God of Israel. He is Holy, Holy, Holy (Set-apart, Set-apart, Set-apart) which is a Hebraic was of saying He is radically uncommon, so much so that there is nothing else that compares to Him. He is utterly uncommon. The Christian God is often considered the God of Love. This is actually the same God as the God of Israel, and while God is defined as Love, he is not defined and Love, Love, Love. Just Love. So Love is a much less defining character of the God of Israel. According to the Hebrew Scriptures, there is only one attribute above all others that defines the God of Israel and that is being set-apart.

Why is this important? If everything is spiritual and the God of Israel is a source of pure light, life and healing then we can learn from what He has revealed about himself. One concept demonstrated to us is that of being set-apart. Do you know that after creation, as described in the scroll of Bereshit (Genesis), the very first thing that Elohim set-apart was time? Gen 2:3 And Elohim blessed the seventh day and set it apart because on it He rested from all His work which Elohim in creating had made.The reason this is important is the seventh day was to be a day of rest. This example set by Elohim is a pattern worth knowing about and following if you want healing. We have been designed to be rested every seven days!

The benefits of a day of rest are multiple. The time to think and reflect is vital to healing. With our busy lifestyles, there is no time to do this, unless we intentionally take a day. The ability to develop deeper relationships comes with time. Regular time. The opportunity to balance our life with other activities, introducing variety. Simply giving our physical bodies time to recover and rejuvenate. There is ample evidence to support the benefits of a weekly rest. The problem is that the simple tried and true become ‘old hat’. We don’t put any stock in the fact that Elohim supposedly came up with the idea of a rest, so we discard the idea entirely even to our own detriment.

Whether you accept that Elohim gave us the day of rest or not, to journey from brokenness to healing, a day’s rest a week is essential. We need to set apart a day a week in which we cease from all our creative labour and simply rest. There is another component to the rest day. You can not only cease from all creative labor, you can also enter into the rest of Elohim. This is where ultimate wholeness and peace is found. A rest on the seventh day is just one example of the practice of set-apartness.

Healing is ultimately found in set-apartness. Set-apartness was a key principle that Elohim established through His example and revelation to mankind. Behaviors, diet, attitudes and responses all contributed to making a person whole and set-apart from the common. Set-apartness is such a foreign concept in practice, even in religious circles. However, it is a key concept to ponder and begin exhibiting if any healing is to be profound and lasting. Be Blessed Aryeh.

Get a Mensch

The right path to any sort of continued health is a path you have to walk yourself. No-one else can do it for you. While someone may rescue you from a situation, and believe me there are many circumstances where we need rescuing (and many again where we are too stubborn to be rescued), the healing path is one you must walk yourself. However, you don’t have to do it alone. In fact, your success or otherwise in your journey either to or in healing is highly dependent upon a partner.

The reason for this is we often need the help to get out of our own way. Wally Spiegler writes “Our ability to heal is impaired when our internal dialogue propels us towards needless and undue stress. There is enough publicity, out there, these days, of the detrimental impact the mind has on the body. We should pay careful attention to how we mistreat ourselves rather than blaming illness on the weather, germs, or chance.” He continues to document the most bizarre behavior common to all of us. “We hold on to our past misconduct like the proverbial Albatross, and even though everyone has forgotten, we remember and invariably punish ourselves. The thinking mind awakens memories of how bad we have been. We lock ourselves into a self-imposed jail and forgot what we did with the key. … A constant stream of messages issues forth: ‘we do not deserve more’ or ‘we’re not worthy of more‘”

There is also the time where depression kicks in and we need encouragement to hold the line, do an activity or simply move forward. A trusted friend is what is needed. However, not anyone will do! Maybe in the past you could argue that people had a number of close friends, knew their neighbors better and knew who to trust. In a world where social media gives many ‘friends’ who don’t even cut it as acquaintances by the old standard, maybe you could argue people have less real friends now than in the past. I think the reality is that there have always been lonely people. Maybe it would be a more sound argument that we have lost the ability to identify and establish trusted friendships.

Anyway, what we need for our partner on the road to healing is a trusted friend. One who will listen and not try to fix things all the time. One who will really look out for us and speak truthfully to us. When thinking about the type of person that would be most suitable, the word that came to mind was ‘mensch’. A Yiddish word that has a figurative meaning as a person with whom you would be happy to befriend and associate with because you feel a genuine presence of a mature person. Wealth, health, looks, even intellect have nothing to do with it. As Wally Spiegler writes again, “A mensch exudes a certain magnetism that attracts us, whether or not words or glances are exchanged. A person is a mensch because he simply makes others feel good.”

Now if you are blessed enough to be able to identify someone like this in your circle of friends this is indeed a bonus. However in our big city lives where many interactions tend to be superficial, here are a few guidelines to consider if you have to go about the task of finding one.

Look first to existing family and partners. Hopefully, this will be a quick process. Having engaged with family, you know already how helpful they are likely to be. If you have a helpful partner, this is the best choice and your search is over. Not all partners are going to be up to the job. Some worry too much, fix to much or talk too much. There is nothing wrong with them, they just aren’t suitable as your partner for the healing pathway.

Ideally, you are looking for someone older, of the same sex (unless it is your spouse) who you can have regular face to face contact with. I say this because it is natural, normally, to be able to confide in someone older and of the same sex, you don’t want the risk of unwanted entanglements. You are seeking to get well, not provide the possibility of another diversion.

As a last resort, your doctor or health care practitioner could be an option. Professionally they should look after you well, but you are just one of a number of people that they see normally. Chances are that unless you live in a very small town, this person isn’t going to be able to ‘walk’ the road with you. Of course, all these guidelines could be ignored if there is simply no-one else. Better to have someone than no one. Just be aware of the risks.

Now to the part this partner will play in your walk.

They will join you on your journey. Not do it for you, nor take you on their journey. You will want to trust them with confidential information about how you are feeling and processing things. You will want to use them as a sounding board and have them reflect back to you what they think you are saying. This takes active listening on their part. You will want them to ‘check in’ with you from time to time. Sometimes you will need asking how you are going, how you are feeling, what you are planning to do next? Your partner will need to act as your coach. Encouraging, spurring and at all times speaking the truth, not just telling you want you want to hear. They will need to know when to back off and not get easily offended. For those with emotional issues, this can be a roller coaster ride for the partner. The partner needs to bring truth statements to re-enforce a life-giving outlook, rather than a depressive and gloomy outlook.

Whether you have someone or no-one, there actually is a partner that I’d recommend for everyone. That is the Creator. He has manifested himself in the person of Yeshua. Father and Son, represent the compound unity of Elohim, the God of Israel. To all who will put their trust in Him, he will share the set-apart spirit that Father and Son share with you. In the divine/human Yeshua, we have someone to relate to. He is the life giver, very open to listening and only wants to see you well and whole. While I am blessed to have partners on my walk, Elohim is the ultimate partner that I share my life struggles and my own healing journey with. You may ask, how do I go about contacting this Elohim. You make a decision to believe that He exists based upon the evidence of creation and His word (Hebrew Scriptures/Bible) and you simply call out to Him. It’s no more difficult starting a relationship with a person in the street. You open communication, you walk together and learn about them.

Even if you are not willing to open yourself up to such a relationship, let me share a final piece of advice. You only listen to what you actually say with your mouth. Even if you speak to the air, believing that there is no-one who listens, it can still be useful. You will only say what you believe and what comes from the heart. Listen to yourself. You might be surprised at what you hear! Be Blessed. Aryeh.

Become self aware

It seems that in today’s world, the pursuit of something, either specific such as career, sporting goal, happiness or something as general as life itself is portrayed in such a way that you should do anything to reach your goal no matter what the cost. The obvious problem in the first place is that what we think we will have achieved by  the goal turns to ash, no matter how grand or noble that goal might be. This is simply because we are not created to reach goals as our primary purpose but to live in a relationship which is an ongoing walk.

Now there is no problem having goals, striving for goals as part of that walk. But when we give up the important to achieve something that in the end has no meaning we are much poorer for it. One key aspect that we are encouraged to give up is our self-awareness. Our bodies and spirits are incredibly astute to what is going on and provide us excellent feedback. If something in our thoughts is bothering us, it is because our spirit us trying to get us to deal with a problem and resolve it, rather than live with the indent the unresolved issue would leave in us, putting us under pressure which causes stress, which eventually expresses itself in illness of some kind.

Likewise, with the body, a type of headache will let us know that we are dehydrated. A sore foot will tell us that something is wrong and healing is trying to take place. Give the foot a break so it can heal! Instead, we are advised, take a pill to relieve the pain and push/play on. I’m not suggesting that you don’t take any pain medications. What I would suggest is that it should be the last resort after you have taken note of what your body is telling you. When life is at stake, of course, you will push on. But how many things do we treat as life and death that simply aren’t?

This is what I mean about self-awareness. Start listening to your body and mind. Don’t ignore it, rather tune into it. It’s amazing how it can communicate. If I listen carefully, I’ll have a hankering for some food that provides a nutrient the body needs for example. I’m now fully aware of headaches. When they are first barely perceptible, I now know to think about when I last drank water, when I last looked up from the keyboard. How much sleep I’ve had. Through awareness and management, my consumption of headache tablets has radically diminished simply because I don’t need them. There is a financial benefit there to start with, let alone the health benefit.

There are many other benefits of being self-aware. Sometimes I just need to go for a walk. So I do. You become aware of changes in scent, colour, and frequency of all your bodily functions. That sounds disgusting when put in words. But imagine picking up something serious because you were self-aware! Often you can take corrective action at a very early stage. When we talk about the physical body, being self-aware is not such a difficult thing to imagine and put into practice. However, when we are dealing with the mind, it is a different story.

People who have been damaged by abuse or a traumatic experience can shut down awareness because they don’t want the awareness of the trauma. This is entirely understandable but does not contribute to health and healing. Repressed trauma will have a negative health effect. The question is “what is the best way of dealing with it?” Counseling and psychotherapy seem to be the main methods used and I’m not alone in questioning the value of ‘talking’ about it. No-one wants to relive over and over again traumatic experiences. The primary and most effective way of dealing with these issues in my experience is a form of counseling where truth statements are learned and applied. Dr. Alex Loyd in the Healing Codes has developed this much further in the use of energy to bring balance to a person without having to go through every minute detail of the trauma and in many instances without knowing what the source of the original trauma was. (as with cellular memories passed down from our parents).

However, even with this type of help, self-awareness needs to be active so that a person can apply truth statements against negative memories and begin to walk free of past baggage. As our built-in protective responses of fight or flight can work against us to protect trauma memories, self-awareness is essential to recognize what is going on and how to be liberated, not caught in a web of our own making.

Self-awareness does not equate to being full of one’s self. Rabbi Shaul says it this way. “For I say, … to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he should think, but to think soberly, as Elohim has given to each a measure of belief.”

Proverbs 20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it up.

Yes, the world tends to send you messages all the time, just push on, ignore the pain. This is not good advice on the road to healing and health. Be Blessed Aryeh.