About two weeks ago I asked if anyone noticed the theme our titles had developed. No one answered, and I kept going. Yesterday, in my excitement about the book finally arriving, I blew it. So now it’s over. And I’m kinda glad, I really didn’t think I could keep it up much longer. Some challenges are just irritating.
Let’s get our daily draw out of the way so we can talk about my latest obsession.
concentration, psychic protection, emotional stability.
Fluorite emanates a highly spiritual vibration that can shield you from a negative person that is causing you to be emotionally imbalanced. Know that you are being surrounded by love and light, and trust in the protection you are now receiving.
Let go of your concerns and allow this wondrous healing to occur. Start to focus on the things that bring joy to your life. Focus on all you would love to be doing rather than worrying about what others think.
You are safe and eternally loved. Nothing can harm you except your own fears.
Okay here is one I’ve actually heard of, and I think we even have a few around someplace. I like that in the picture it shows the different colors this stone comes in. Makes me want to know more about it and where it can be found.
Trust and protection are things I hardly ever think about. But I realize that these are subjects that others do struggle with. In my case, I’m going to focus on the “concentration” aspect of this message and put it into practice now, hopefully keeping my words and thoughts from getting too scrambled as I attempt to share this new project.
(Yes, it is posed in front of the new quilt, but the fabrics were a wee bit busy for this picture, so I flipped it to the other side, much more pleasing as a background.)
A few days ago Honey Graham came by The Burrow to pick up a basket for Em (who was at work), and we got to talking about Allen Carr and why his shit works so very well. As I read the weight book last night I thought of this conversation. For one thing, not much of what is in this new one is necessarily new. As it was with the smoking publication. So it’s obviously not that he knows things no one else does, it must be more about the way he presents it all. Or more accurately, the way he SEES it, and THEN presents it.
His methods, or as he calls them “programmes” are just basic facts, with a twist. He comes at these subjects from a perspective of being on the inside. He’s been there, he gained weight, he dealt with addictions. What makes him (and his ideas) so groundbreaking is the simple fact that he is very straightforward and common sense centered.
Another part that really struck me, in this one as well as the other, is how he approaches scientific findings. He questions them, he looks at what a wide array of “experts” have had to say over a long period of time, and sees where the flaws are. Then he applies a really simple and every-person type of thinking to this information. In both cases, it really turns some of the things we have been led to believe are “facts” on their asses.
One of new favorites is the analogy he uses for losing weight by extreme exercising. Say you have a car and it’s got a full tank of gas, but you want the car to weigh less (doesn’t matter why, play along here, I’m paraphrasing). Would you go out and drive the car around in aimless circles to use up the gas so that in an hour or so the car was lighter? No, because that’s just stupid. But, we do that when we run.
(Runners, don’t get your knickers in a twist, you know I adore you and hope to BE you one day soon. Not trash-talking here, I promise.)
When we do this, what happens to our bodies (other than being in better shape, I’ll give you that one) is that they just require more fuel, because we now have less in our “tanks” than we did before we went out and ran around in circles. Sure, this is super simpled down, but it also is fairly valid, especially in my case. Did I lose ANY fucking weight in the past few months? No. I absolutely did not. Yes, I am healthier, but I do not weigh less.
Speaking of burning up fuel, I’m over the tracking of time. And I’m over the counting of calories (this is part of Allen’s “programme” the other part is just me). From now on my new regime, in regards to body movement, is to devote a minimum of 30 minutes to outdoor activity. In some form. If I do more, grand. If I only do the basic half an hour, also good. Simple, and totally flexible as far as real life goes. (Although I do still kinda want to know how far I’ve gone, so I asked Daniel to continue with his computer maps, on whatever-the-hell site he’s using currently.)
One of my first changes is going to be how I start the day. I’ll be eating fruit. And not drinking my tea. He recommends that water be our beverage of choice, and since I made that switch ages ago it works out great for me. I was only drinking my one tepid glass as breakfast. That will be substituted out for some fruit. I started it today already. So far so good. I haven’t missed the tea at all.
Which brings me back to the whole “deprivation” attitude Allen talks about in both of these books I’ve read. When we feel as though we can’t have something, we just want it more. And, we’re pissed off. With all of the other diets, programs, therapies, and crap you can buy to help you not smoke or not be a comfortable weight, they ALL give us the feeling of being without. Allen’s don’t. That’s why his work, permanently, and no one else’s do.
Crystal Oracle by Toni Carmine Salerno