Where do we go?
Recently, I had a surgical procedure done. I asked the anesthesiologist how long it would take to knock me out and he replied that it would only take a few seconds. I didn't believe him. Turns out, he was right. I remember him saying, "we're starting now" and they put an oxygen mask over my mouth. I think my last thought was - 'we'll see how long...' and I was out. It was a very disconcerting feeling for me to wake up in recovery and realize that during that time, I had absolutely no idea where "I" was. Did "I" hunker down and rest? Did "I" leave my body? Was "I" visiting with spirits that still roam the hospital or was "I" meeting with my guides? I'm well aware that we are able to leave our bodies. You can read just about any near death experience where they describe how they left their body and could see and sense what was going on around them. Yet, in my case, I have no idea where "I" was during the 1.5 hours I was knocked out. From this experience, I can better understand some people's fear of us just ceasing to exist when we die.
A few weeks ago, I saw a post on Facebook that caught my attention. A man took a photo of the scene of an accident in KY and captured something quite interesting. Snopes is convinced it's just dust, some say the photo is altered (Saul swears it isn't) and others believe it could be the victim of the accident. If you look at the photo above, you can see an image above the state trooper between the two ambulances. The man who took the photo, Saul Vazquez, posted this along side it:
Charles Deadman did pass from the injuries he sustained. Some say he may have died on scene, others say he died at the hospital. The naysayers challenge that the image couldn't be him since he died later away from the scene of the accident. What they don't realize is that our Spirit can, and often does, leave the body during times of trauma. Regardless, I think this photo is a beautiful reminder that we don't just disappear into nothingness/blackness when we die. We continue on. We just take a step out of our body, from this plane to the next.
Love, Adrienne :)
When to make the internal shift
There is a story they tell of two dogs.
Both at separate times walk into the same room.
One comes out wagging his tail while the other comes out growling.
A woman watching this goes into the room to see
what could possibly make one dog so happy and the other so mad.
To her surprise, she finds a room filled with mirrors.
The happy dog found a thousand happy dogs looking back at him
while the angry dog saw only angry dogs growling back at him.
What you see in the world around you is a reflection of who you are. - Author unknown
I love this story. It makes a very valid point. Though, I would like to clarify that what you see in the world around you is a reflection of who you are as a human with an ego. Who you really are is your Soul/Essence. Most all of us wear the tinted glasses colored by our beliefs and thoughts. Every event and situation that occurs in life is neutral - it is not bad, it is not good - it just is. A situation takes on meaning for us when our thoughts, beliefs, emotions and conditioning define it for us. Hence, as Anaïs Nin says, we do not see things as they are, we see them as we are. Most of the time we are not even aware of how we're seeing a situation as we are conditioned to react. The unpleasant and hard times in life are our greatest teachers. They let us know that something is not right, not aligned since we are experiencing misery. They are an indicator of a lesson for soul growth. We can ignore the lesson, dwell on the negatives of it, or we can use that lesson to learn and grow.
Your perception of the world is dictated by what you hold internally. As within, so without. If you see the world as a horrible place where people are cruel and someone's always trying to screw you over - it's not the external world that needs to be changed - it's you, at an internal level, that needs to change. To see change in your life, you have to shift your perception. This is easier said than done. To change your perception, you have to first become aware of it. You have to figure out how and why you even think or feel the way you do. Then, you have to shift from the old thought patterns to new ones. I know very well that this is no easy task. But, if you want your life to change - you have to change. Your emotions are the perfect guide to lead you to what your thoughts and beliefs are (which are often subconscious/unconscious). Then, you need to choose new beliefs.
How we see the outer world is a reflection of what we have going on internally. If you don't like what you're seeing in your life, it's time to make the internal shift. The next time you're in an unpleasant situation or find yourself reacting negatively to something, try to stop yourself from automatically reacting and ask - what is this situation trying to tell me? What can I learn from it? What beliefs, thoughts and or emotions are coming up that are coloring my perspective of this situation? How can I see it differently? As you begin to practice shifting your perception, your life will most definitely start to reflect that change. It's how we grow. It's how we begin to take those tinted glasses off.
Love, Adrienne :)
In light of the recent tragedies of police murdering citizens and citizens murdering police, I expected that things would get ugly again, especially on social media. I shed a lot of tears this past week, but it was due to all of the love I was seeing. Some of the posts were from last April and were being passed around again. Some of the posts are recent, but they all carry the same message - let's give our attention to love. I'd like to share a few of these beautiful posts:
These tragedies are providing us with the opportunity to change - to be more human to each other. To see each other as a person - not as a color, sex or religion. We are allowed to be angry, we're allowed to be furious - let's let that motivate change in our society, not propagate more hate and division. The bottom line is NO ONE deserves to be targeted. What does deserve to be targeted is hate and that is brought down by love. What deserves to be targeted is racism and ignorance and that is brought down by dialogue and getting to know others for the people they are. Change must happen and it starts with each and every single one of us. At the end of the day it is more important that we "don't hate evil more than we love good" because, quite frankly, #LoveMatters.
Love, Adrienne :)
I used to work as a substitute teacher a few years back. I have a few degrees in education, but I am so beyond disillusioned with our "education" system that I barely put those degrees to use. I know a lot of teachers who are amazing at what they do. They really care and they do their best to be creative and try to keep the attention of their students - many of whom were raised on sugar and video games. Yet, the teaching field is becoming more and more challenging as teachers are being forced to teach to tests, they are dealing with serious behavioral issues, they have to put in their own money for supplies and their job goes home with them. How many teachers can get all of their papers graded, teach full schedules and plan their classes while filling out non-stop paperwork for the state before the end of their work day? Not too many.
While on a trip to Antarctica, I met a man who worked for the State Department whose job was promoting our education system abroad. I couldn't fathom this. I've attended schools in other countries and can tell you, their education systems are far better than what we're doing here. This is a person who never taught (yet his mother was a teacher) and considered himself an expert. I think we have too many "experts" in the higher up positions and not enough people with the ground experience to say this is what works and this is what needs changed.
I can remember when I subbed for a home economics class, the lesson plan was how to use a microwave - SERIOUSLY??? No wonder the high school kids were so bored and despondent. How about teaching them real life skills like how to balance a check book, how credit cards work, how to do your taxes, how to balance your diet and grow your own food...?
Another time I subbed for a high school science class and the kids had a group test to take. The fact that it was a group test boggled my mind. I caught them cheating as they were able to find the test online and were using their smart phones to tell them the answers. They all laughed when I took their tests away. How about teaching ethics in school?
During a language class that I was subbing, a boy made the comment that he was going to beat the crap out of another student at lunch. I had a quick talk with him about what the consequences would be if he did it and how it wasn't worth it. After the kids left for lunch, I called the office to give them a heads up. When the students returned from lunch, I asked where the (angry) student was and they said he was taken away in handcuffs for punching another student. How about we teach kids how to resolve their problems without resorting to violence? How about we teach our kids how to deal with their emotions?
My last story is about the time I subbed for a social studies teacher. The A.P. classes played on their phones, talked to each other and refused to engage in the classroom discussion. These are our future "leaders." Yet, the "degenerate" class engaged in a meaningful conversation about present day politics. These were the "misfit" kids, yet they showed more intelligence, respect and critical thinking than any of the other classes. A classic case of never judge a book by its cover. These are the kids who are shunned. Why aren't we teaching kids how to engage in dialogue with those different from them? To understand that their views matter too?
Our education system needs a massive overhaul and more testing is not the way to go. We need to bring humanity back into the picture. We are more than our brains. Bringing back the arts, teaching critical thinking, allowing for the expression of creativity, teaching empathy, teaching techniques on how to handle the stresses of life - these are all things that would put our children on a better path for a better tomorrow. How much further are we going to go down this slippery slope before we decide to generate real change?
Forever learning LOVE, Adrienne :)
Hello! I'm Adrienne Almamour, an empathic intuitive conduit. I assist people by detecting and clearing their subconscious emotional energy blockages. This blog is a commentary and reflection of life from an intuitive standpoint which also incorporates ways that allow us to be from our heart.