Thursday, January 29, 2015

Reclaiming Our Connection With Water

In 2010, PBS aired a show called "Next Year Country.  In it, Matt Ryan, a rainmaker from Mount Shasta was called to North Eastern Montana to come to the aid of three families who were experiencing a profound drought.  The situation had become so dire that they were about to loose their farms.  The rainmaker brought large metal pipes and laid them out on the ground moving them from time to time for two weeks.  Then he left.  The drought persisted throughout the rest of the state, but the North East Corner, where the three families lived had heavy rains and an abundant harvest. 

In 1983, Shirley MacLaine, the American Film Actress wrote an autobiographical account of her explorations into the infinite possibilities of life in her book, Out On A Limb.  There in the mountains of Peru, she tells of her experience in calling the weather to change.  Vicki Noble in Shakti Woman speaks of the same phenomena.  This inspired me to play with that energy as well.  And you know what?  It worked.  Standing in openhearted harmony with the beauty and sacred interconnection of all things, while engaging my imagination and holding to my intention, I have engaged my sense of command and parted the clouds or called the rain. 

Last year in my women's circle, we all went out back with some simple dowsing rods and walked around an old abandoned two story brick building.  The dowsing rods swung together and touched every time one of us walked across an irrigation line or water pipe.  It took us a while to realize that that was why our rods were crossing, but then we saw the spigot and the meter.  The rods also swung right where the vetch was growing lushly in the sparse field.  Vetch has deep roots that reach down and pull water up to the top layers of the soil.

My grandfather was a 'Water Witcher.'  Most of the folks in his part of the Midwest didn't want to have anything to do with psychic ability and abruptly dismissed it out of hand.  But somehow, dowsing slipped through the cracks of acceptability.  Using an old forked willow branch, he would hold it in his hands, letting the end that would have been closest to the root zone point out in front of him.  Then he would walk the land.  He would start off for the places where water would likely be, and then he'd move along until the branch dipped sharply down toward the ground and told him the life giving liquid was near.  All the farmers in his section of the country called him to help find a good spot whenever a well was needed. 

As we round the bend into the last months of our rainy season, here in California, where the reservoirs are still low from the last few years of drought, I am wondering how many of us, when we see those big cumulus clouds overhead would prefer not to have it rain today.  Perhaps we just washed the car or have plans for a garden party.  Maybe the new roof is not yet on that house we are building for that young couple with the baby.  Or, perhaps we are thinking how there is still no rain.  'No rain.'  "Not enough to do the trick."  How influential are our thoughts and words?  How deep do these infinite possibilities run?  My experiences have shown me that the subtle energies of nature are willing to join their wisdoms with ours.  But we do need to step into concert with them, open up and ask.  When we do, they respond.  So I invite you to join me in reclaiming our connection with water.  Let's use our imagination to feel and smell,taste, hear, thrill at and call the rain?

© Josephine Laing, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Releasing Patterns of Negative Thought

Our thoughts are very powerful.  They form and shape our perceptions of reality.  We often have habits of thought, be they positive or negative.  Please enjoy this video I made with the help of my friend Einar Berg, in which I discuss how to rid our thoughts of negativity. 

© Josephine Laing, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

Thirty Conscious Breaths

One of the exercises that I love to do every day is to take thirty conscious breaths. We can go for months without food, even days without water, but we really can't survive very long at all without our primary nutrient, oxygen.  There are some really interesting aspects to the process of inhalation and exhalation. One is a reflection of the other, as is the case with our right and left lungs. 

When we inhale we can notice if our lungs are filling evenly and simultaneously.  We can also notice if we are filling the bottom of our lungs, the middle, and the top. Often it's surprising how we may miss either of these details while breathing.  Injuries and old habits can result in imbalances in the way we take the air into our bodies.  Once after a hard fall, I developed the habit of beginning to fill my right lung first and then only filling my left lung part way and emptying it before the right.  This made for a very lopsided breath pattern, but I barely noticed it.  In fact I didn't notice it all for sometime after the fall.  

Other uneven uses of the lungs that can be habitually formed are: breathing low, in the bottom of our lungs; or only filling the middle; or rarely, but sometimes, only filling the top.  This can be the result of muscular tension or emotional trauma, but it is interesting to note that this uneven filling of the lungs is far more common that we realize.  So perhaps this week you would like to consider taking some time, almost like in meditation, to observe the quality of your inhalation and exhalation. Thirty breaths should do it.  You can notice how you fill your lungs. Do they fill evenly and all at once, all the way, like an infant's, expanding like a big balloon? Or are there variations from left to right, or top to bottom? 

For the advanced course, should you wish to play around a little, try filling only the bottom or only the top of your lungs.  Let your upper body lean far over to the right and fill only the left lung.  Or change positions and fill only the right.  Bend over way forward at the hip and fill the back middle portion of your lungs. Or lean back over the back portion of a chair and try to fill the middle front of your lungs.  It can be kind of a fun thing to show a friend, "Watch this! See what I can do!" And of course, versatility in this aspect of our being allows for greater conscious control.  Have fun with this little experiment, I always do.  Take some life into your lungs and enjoy breathing deeply. 

© Josephine Laing, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

Activating The Heart Center

Hello everyone.   I've just created this little video with my dear friend Einar Berg.  It's called Activating The Heart Center.  This lovely exercise will open and engage your heart center. This helps us to find and embrace the guidance of love in our lives. Enjoy.

© Josephine Laing, 2015