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Minerve - Still a Working Town

Susan Marek

Despite being the site of a Cathar massacre in 1210, Minerve is unexpectedly peaceful.

It's narrow streets wind up and down the diminutive hill on which it sits, overlooking a beautiful gorge.  It is hard to believe that is was the place that 140 Cathar "parfaits" were burned for heresy.  Energetically, Minerve had a blanket of loving energy over it, almost like a dome, protecting it and maintaining the feeling of love that so penetrated the Cathar society here once.  It felt physically soft and calm.  The group spent time walking to the Cathar memorial

and then journeyed down into the gorge, following the path of the martyrs.  While walking, I had a vision of a line of parfaits walking down into the gorge, two by two, men and women.  One pair were helping each other down when the woman slipped and the man gently caught her before she tumbled down the steep slope.  It was such a gentle, loving gesture juxtapositioned against the harsh reality that awaited them at the bottom.  There was an overwhelming feeling of sadness, which you would think wouldn't be unusual except that the sadness was not for themselves.  The Cathars were grieving the fact that their conquerors were so misguided.  The Parfaits were genuinely concerned for their persecutors!  At first, it took me by surprise, but knowing the little I know about their ways and beliefs, I should have expected nothing less.  It was actually quite lovely and a true "Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do" moment.  At the site of the burning in the gorge, the group said a prayer for them and spent some time in silence.

One member of our group began to sing a song, inspired and divinely guided in that moment.  We were all moved to tears.  On our way back up to the town from the gorge, I 'saw'  that Minerve was not just a place of memories, but in actuality is still a "working" enclave of the Cathars.  There is a funnel of energy that exists over the town, that channels the Way of Love into the energy of this world. These people are still here etherically, holding a space for love to remain.  Demori!

On to Rennes-le-Chateau...

Sacred France - wine, churches, and cassoulet - Oh my!

Susan Marek

I just got back from France a few days ago and thought I had better make an attempt to put words to the amazing experiences I have had over the past two weeks.  Please be patient with me as I tell you all about my adventures. There is so much to say (and not say) about what happened that I will have have to give it to you in bits and pieces. To say that I had a great time is an understatement.  It doesn't do the experience justice to even state that it was life changing.  I am altered in a way that cannot be adequately described.  My adventure started in Toulouse, France, where I was introduced to an incredible group of people, who would become my close friends by the end of the trip.  We were whisked away to a beautiful retreat center in the Languedoc region, which is marked by fields of sunflowers and miles of grape vines.  After being welcomed with a wine tasting of a stunning array of local wines, we had a delicious dinner and went to bed.

We woke up to fresh croissants, gluten-free bread, meats, eggs, and fruit.  Ah, to be this spoiled every day...  The first stop for the day was the walled city of Carcassonne.  You may have seen it in Kevin Costner's Robin Hood movie. 

Carcassonne was energetically very interesting.  When I first walk through the gates and along the city wall, I felt nauseous.  It shifted energetically as we walked into the city to the cathedral.  As you walk into the church, you are greeted with this sign:

I love the "Roman Catholic Cult" part!  Ha! The church itself is energetically interesting.  There were both "good" and "bad" pockets of energy throughout the church.  One area in particular affected me tremendously.  It was a small chapel with a lovely statue of St. Anne teaching Mary, and there is a red book under her foot.

On the floor in front of her was the burial site of a cardinal who was sympathetic to the plight of the Cathars.  I had a very strong emotional reaction when I approached the chapel and had a vision of a young woman sprawled out over the tomb, wailing with grief.  I was overcome with the desire to shoo people off his grave marker on the floor.  The woman's relationship with this man is unknown, but she was definitely distraught over his passing.  I didn't take any pictures of the marker because it felt disrespectful and wrong to do so.  She wanted his resting place to remain sacred, I think. 

There was also excellent shopping in Carcassonne, as well as delicious duck cassoulet for lunch.  After lunch, we headed to Minerve, the site of one of the Cathar massacres in 1210 during the Albegensian Crusades.  More about Minerve tomorrow...

Just say 'No!' to Resolutions in 2010!

Susan Marek

The New Year is upon us.  After recovering from a night or perhaps an entire year of overindulgence, bad habits, and unfinished business, most feel January 1st is the time to begin anew.  Sounds great.  The method of choice by most people is to make resolutions for the coming year.  I heartily disagree.  Just say 'No!' to resolutions!  Let's take apart the very word, resolution.  Re = again.  Solution = an answer to a problem.  So put it all together, kids, and what does it mean?  An answer to a problem...again!  Resolutions are always made from a place of a problem, a place of lack, a place where we see something is being wrong.  How long have you actually kept to a resolution?  Honestly.  A month? A week? A day? I have gone down this wayward path many times.  Sometimes I am able to keep it up for a month or two, but then lose my resolve and go back to the old way of doing things.  The problem is, when we make resolutions, we are coming from the same mindset that got us into the mess to begin with.  I propose a different method to affect change.  I am a firm believer in affirmations.  Look!  Even the word firm is in there.  Firm = securely or solidly fixed in place.  Positive affirmations come from a place of abundance, love, a place completely opposite from where you were.  You cannot tell me you were in a place of abundance when you were lamenting your maxed out credit cards.  Instead of "I resolve to spend less money," try "I am grateful that I have plenty of money to save." We are still talking about saving money, but the affirmation keeps us in a very uplifted, powerful place.  Instead of 'I resolve to eat healthily and exercise more," use "I love and respect my body.  I honor myself with good food.  I am energized and refreshed when I move my body."    It may not always be easy, but it can be that simple.  So celebrate the New Year and release your old habits.  Begin anew, but from a positive place.  Affirm, not resolve, and watch the changes begin.  Happy New Year!

The Lord's Prayer Redux

Susan Marek

Coming from a Catholic background, I learned The Lord's Prayer, or Our Father, at a very early age.  Although I am no longer Catholic, I still find the prayer to be a beautiful way to celebrate our community with God.  It is a way to remember our divine connection and declare our gratitude and appreciation for our sacred journey with Spirit. The traditional one rubbed me the wrong way until I really meditated on the history and meaning of the words.  It also has a deep connection to ancient mystery school teachings, which I will save for another time.   I want to share the translation of the prayer from Aramaic, which would have been Jesus' native language.  I believe this is the closest to what Jesus had in mind, as it addresses the male and female aspects of the divine, as well as our divine light energy.  I prefer this version to the traditional Catholic one.  Enjoy!

The Lord's Prayer

The Aramaic Prayer of Jesus is the original Lord's Prayer as given by Jesus in the Aramaic language (Original tansliteration from the Syriac-Aramaic version of the Peshltta by Neil Douglas-Klotz)


O Birther! Father-Mother of the Cosmos, you create all that moves in light,

Focus your light within us---make it useful as the rays of a beacon show the way.

Create your reign of unity now---through our fiery hearts and willing hands.

Your one desire then acts with ours, as in all light, so in all forms.

Grant what we need each day in bread and insight.

Loose the cords of mistakes binding us, as we release the strands we hold of others' guilt.

Don't let surface things delude us.

But free us from what holds us back.

From you is born all ruling will, the power and the life to do, the song that beautifies all,
from age to age it renews.

And so it is!

Yes, No or Maybe So? Can't decide.

Susan Marek

Not choosing is a choice.  You are choosing not to choose, which is a decision.  I have a hard time making decisions sometimes.  It could be regarding my budget, a business decision, or where to go to dinner.  I think this indecisiveness is sometimes caused by my fear of disappointing someone or fear of making the wrong decision.  If I don't decide, then I don't take the chance that I could be wrong.  What I have learned that no choice can be wrong, too.  Like when you can't decide at a restaurant between the steak and the chicken, so you make no choice and let your companion choose for you.  They choose the fish for you, and you end up eating something you hate.  Not that this has ever happened... 

Make a choice. Be decisive.  Use your intuition to guide you and then trust in your decision.  You may make some bad ones, but at least you have taken charge of your fate.  Better to be the driver and make a wrong turn than a passenger stuck in the back with no air conditioning and no say in where you are stopping to eat.  I must be hungry with all these food references.  Hmmm.  Should I have the pasta or the salad?

A Lesson in Letting Go from the Swine Flu

Susan Marek

For the past 3 days, I have not left my bedroom.  HEY NOW!  Not because of THAT.  THAT would be infinitely better than the real reason.  I have the flu. Probably the pig flu, as my husband likes to say.  Fever, aches, cough, sore throat.  The whole nine yards.  Thank God for Hulu and iTunes.  I am all caught up on Eastwick, No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, and am currently working on season 1 of Eureka.  I know why Benjamin Button was so curious.  And what Stephen Colbert thinks of, well, many things.  All this video education I wouldn't have gotten otherwise.   I missed out on a great Halloween party and Trick-or-Treating. I haven't seen my downstairs or my dogs since Friday morning. BUT, I have learned a few things about letting go. I have let go my need to make sure the house is neat and tidy.  I can only imagine what the kitchen and family room look like with three children, one husband, and 3 dogs running amok for three days on a candy sugar high.  I am not in any position to do anything about it for a few days more, and that's OK.  I might be pleasantly surprised when I venture down there, but I am prepared for the worst.  I also have let go my need to be in control of my own needs.  I have finally said yes to help.  Instead of being stubborn and making myself sicker by doing everything for myself, I have given in and been open to my family's help with food, laundry, and my care.  I have rescheduled a few appointments instead of pushing myself to meet obligations that could potentially make me sicker.  Letting go of control of exernal factors and focusing on myself has been a learning experience.  Usually, I am so enveloped in making sure everything around me is running smoothly that I forget about me.  My calendar is detailed and full of appointments for children, husband, pets, and a few for me. My Plan A has a Plan B and C. I have obligations scheduled out through next June already.  All good things, but sometimes we need to slow down and recharge.  Perhaps I wouldn't have to if I was continually making sure I was taken care of first.  Not selfishly, but healthfully.  It has taken a virus to finally get through to me that it is ok to let go once in a while and focus on myself.  I have finally put myself first instead of last.  And that is a lesson I am grateful for.

Making Your Interior Life Your Exterior Life - Part 2

Susan Marek

Part 2 - 

When I was cracking walnuts the other day, I thought about how nuts mirrored our experience in life.  We must first crack open and remove the outer hard shell of sarcasm, pessimism, fear, despair, in order to reveal the inner meat of the matter,  the nourishment, food of life for the seed that is within. The seed itself is not substantial, but is the core of the seed. It holds all the information for the new life to begin and grow. The layers are peeled away to reveal the true purpose and nature of the seed.  Once uncovered, the seed must be nourished, fed, watered, and warmed to encourage growth.  Remove the human hand from this process and see how the natural process mirrors our own release of our spirit to the Universe.  When the nut falls from the tree, it does not immediately begin to grow.  Exterior forces must weaken the shell. Wind, rain, the harshness of the environment all contribute to the breakdown of the hard outer shell.  Some shells are harder than others, and not all will be exposed to the extreme conditions.  Although this shell serves to protect the inner, more fragile parts, it ultimately must be removed for the good of the future plant.  It will open, sometimes gradually and naturally or sometimes by force of an animal. The interior is now exposed and the growth process begun.

Making Your Interior Life Your Exterior Life - Part 1

Susan Marek

Allow. It is that simple. You are already in control of your interior life. Your opinions, thoughts, knowledge, dreams, hopes, fears. Those are all owned by you. You are master of their fate.  As you delve more into what your interior life really is, you will realize that you are just beginning to understand the process by which you come to this understanding.  The origin of this interior climate is much deeper than you think.  But for now, you live as creator and master of your intellect.  From this point, you can begin to release your control and ALLOW the sacred energies to take over the procurement of your interior world for your enjoyment on the exterior.  For it is truly about joy. The joy of creating, learning, experiencing. As the source is pure love, so are the creations. You are pure love, joy, one in all energies and thoughts with Spirit. When you allow the idea of allowing the sacred into your experience, it now becomes more than just a possibility of joy and lightness.  It becomes unstoppable, this joyful life. All things work toward the creation of joy for you.
 Part 2 - The Seed tomorrow...

Mystical Verbs

Susan Marek

Per Merriam-Webster, a verb is "a word that characteristically is the grammatical center of a predicate and expresses an act, occurrence, or mode of being, that in various languages is inflected for agreement with the subject, for tense, for voice, for mood, or for aspect, and that typically has rather full descriptive meaning and characterizing quality but is sometimes nearly devoid of these especially when used as an auxiliary or linking verb."  I like to think of them simply as mystical words of action, the action of being or the action of doing.  Our whole life is one big verb.  From the minute we are born to the moment of our transition, we are being and doing.  Crying, pooping, whining, crawling, walking, running, screaming, laughing, learning, loving.  We are spirits having a human experience and use these actions to learn more about ourselves and how we relate together as a collective group of souls.  Our actions determine the kind of experience we have as well.  Do you play, love, laugh and learn?  Those actions help us stay connected to our higher selves.  Whining, crying, lamenting, not so much.  We can also perform the action of being.  Being angry is not as fulfilling as being joyful.  Being hopeful is a much higher vibration than being desperate.  Sometimes just being is all we can do.  Often, we cannot change our circumstance, at least right away, but we can change our actions.  We change our verb, and miracles happen. 

What verb are you right now?  I am "WRITING' and "PONDERING" at the same time. You don't need to limit yourself to just one.   Try verb multitasking.  I challenge you to 'LEARN," "LOVE," "LAUGH,"  and "PLAY" all at the same time.  Are you happy with your verb?  If not, then change it NOW.  You have the power to create miracles.  Change your verb, change your world.

Are You Hypnotized? The Power of Suggestion

Susan Marek

I posted last week about a powerful book I read called "Hypnotizing Maria." Without giving the plot away, I can tell you that the main idea is that we are hypnotized from the moment of our birth.  Hypnosis works through the power of suggestion.  The person being hypnotized must buy into the reality the hypnotist is creating for them.  Each statement that we make regarding ourselves and the world around us has the potential to alter the illusion we call reality.  For example, the sentence "I am happy." is really a suggestion.  We have to choice to buy into that and incorporate that into ourselves OR reject that statement and substitute a different one.  Each thought we take as truth further shapes our view of the world around us, which is our version of reality.  This is why positive thinking is so important.  Positive affirmations that you accept really do have the power to change your life.  The more you repeat them, the more they are accepted as fact, the more you are drawn into a world full of love, harmony, and good fortune.  These positive suggestions build upon each other, raising your vibration.  On the other hand, you can see how negative statements can drag you down further into a reality that is full of untruths and lower energy.  It is completely up to you as to which suggestions you take as truth and which you discard.

Pay attention to your conversations.  "I wish, I think, I like, I hate, I can, I can't" all begin powerful suggestions.  Our words not only affect us, they affect others as well.  Are you hypnotizing others around you?  "You are, You can't, You had better..."  More suggestions. What reality are you creating right now, for yourself and others?  I suggest you pay attention to your suggestions.  Hypnotize yourself into your ultimate reality.  My next suggestion is "I am happy, healthy, and content." That's a suggestion I am glad to accept.

Power Breathing

Susan Marek

I was sitting here wondering what to write about.  When I get stuck, I ask my angels and guides to step in and give me some ideas on what would be good to write about.  I know that whatever they give me will be therapeutic for me and hopefully helpful to you as well.  Today, they reminded me about how important breath is.  Not just because of the obvious we-need-to-breathe-or-we-die, but because it helps us to release physical tension that could be blocking us from receiving information from Spirit.  When we are tense, we have a hard time hearing our guides and accepting their help.  The breath slows us down and brings us back to our center, which is where we need to be in order for our higher self to take over. 

A powerful breathing technique that I sometimes use to center myself is based in Buddism, I believe.  I don't know where I learned this, but it is a fast, easy, and powerful way to center, relax, and energize yourself.

Start in a comfortable position either seated or lying down.  Breathe in deeply for a count of three, filling your lungs completely, but not until they are uncomfortable.  Hold the breath for a count of three.  Then exhale completely for a count of three, allow your body to relax and release tension.  Then relax for a count of three before taking another breath.  Do this for as long as you like, allowing each complete breath to remove the stress from your body.

It is also an excellent meditation technique because your focus is on your breath, which gives the lower self something to do while the higher self does the meditation work.  It's a win-win!  So next time you are feeling tired or stressed, try this out.  You will find yourself lighter, energized, and less stressed. Enjoy!

Simple Space to Sacred Space

Susan Marek

We have all seen altars in churches, some more ornate than others.  Some people have an altar in their home dedicated to deceased loved ones. Altars are symbols of Divine space, a place dedicated to spirituality and/or religious beliefs.  In my home, I have a small space dedicated to my spiritual beliefs. I wouldn't call it an altar really, but a small sanctuary on a bookshelf in my bedroom.  It holds my crystals, a few statues of angels, my pendulum, a salt lamp, and a few candles.  I see it when I first wake up and right before I go to sleep.  It reminds me of my connection to Spirit and my path in this lifetime.   I think that everyone should have a space dedicated to their own beliefs, a sacred space that can serve as a refuge from day-to-day stresses.  This could be as big as a room or as small as a shelf.  Just someplace to go or view that brings you back to your divine center.
Here are some easy, low-cost ideas to help you create your own sacred space:
   - Choose a space that you feel relaxed in, whether it be a bedroom, a corner of your living room, or even a sheltered outdoor spot.  It can even be the top of a bookcase, a shelf, or a table.
   - Clear out the clutter.  This is your sanctuary!  Treat it as such.  Remove anything that doesn't celebrate your connection to Spirit. 
   - Clear the energy.  You can clear the energy of your space very easily with smudging.  Sage bundles work very well at clearing.  With a lighter, light your sage bundle, then blow it out, thus creating the smoke.  Wave the bundle in the space to be cleared, setting the intention of clearing and creating a peaceful, loving environment.
   - Set the stage. A favorite handkerchief, table cloth, piece of fabric, or scarf can be a beautiful and simple way to add color to your space.  I used a heirloom table runner to cover the top of a  bookcase. 
   - Time to decorate!  Crystals, flowers, candles, pictures, statues, and sacred objects are all things you can use to make it your own sacred space.  Switch things around with the seasons.  Add and remove objects when you feel inspired to do so. 

There are no rules to designing your own divine space.  Use your intuition and have fun with it! 

Learning to be Spontaneous

Susan Marek

Yesterday, my family and I took a spontaneous trip to Seattle.  A few days before, I got an email newsletter from a bookstore in Seattle announcing a talk by one of my favorite authors, Richard Bach.  His writings were seminal to my spiritual development, and I thought it would be wonderful to hear him speak.  I checked the bookstore website at least three times to confirm the day and time.  I shared the information with my husband, who also has been influenced by Bach's writings, and he was excited to make the trip.  He checked the website out a couple of times for the details and directions.

After the initial excitement of potentially meeting Richard Bach wore off, my ego kicked in and convinced me not to go.  Too much to do, too long a drive (3.5 hours), too hard to take the kids, etc.  I talked myself out of going, yet my higher self kept at me, saying it would be wonderful to see him, might be fun to take a drive.  Sunday morning, the day of the talk, my husband put his foot down, despite my whining, and announced that we were going whether I liked it or not.  Literally, five minutes later, we were all in the car and on our way to Seattle.  The kids watched movies or read a book, I read aloud from Richard Bach's newest book, "Hypnotizing Maria."  The time passed quickly, and soon we were in Seattle.

We found a great parking place, which is no small feat there, and entered the bookstore, ready for his talk.  Things were falling right into place.  The Universe was conspiring to make this a fabulous day. When I asked at the counter about what room it was in, the clerk told me that the talk was yesterday, on Saturday.  I couldn't believe it!  My husband and I were shocked!  We left, and tried to figure out what had happened.  We were so thorough.  We had checked the website at least five times between the two of us.  There was no way we could be wrong.  Due to the miracle of modern technology, once we got back to the car, we were able to go to their website and check their calendar.  It said Saturday, not Sunday!   I thought, "This is not some random mistake.  This is a bizarre circumstance and must have some meaning."

We decided to salvage the day by going to the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame at Seattle Center.  All of us absolutely loved it!  We, as a family, are huge sci-fi fans and were able to see many of the props from our favorite movies.  We were relaxed and enjoyed walking around Seattle Center, seeing the Space Needle and the Fun Forest.  I also made a mental note of some other places we would see the next time we made the trip up.  We ended our day at Buca di Beppo, one of our favorite restaurants.  We don't have one in Portland, so it was a special treat.  Happy and full, we left Seattle and headed home.

On the way home, I finished reading the book aloud to my husband.  The kids slept and played quietly, and we were home before we knew it.  Looking back at the day, I realized that it wasn't about seeing Richard Bach.  I am sure it would have been wonderful to hear him speak, but the day was about much more.  It was about being a family, trying something new, going on an adventure.  For me, it was about learning to be spontaneous, something I am not very good at.  I follow rules, make plans, and then make back up plans for my plans.  I research, make lists, read and re-read.  I rarely just get up and go.  I have to admit that I really enjoyed the spontaneity of the day.  Nothing horrible happened because I didn't have each minute planned out.  I was taught that it is OK to fly by the seat of your pants and trust that everything will work out.  Could I do that everyday?  No, but I certainly could let the Universe take the driver's seat once in a while.  I think I am starting to enjoy being a passenger.

Clairvoyance - Our Divine Sight

Susan Marek

Have you ever opened up a book to a random page, only to find what you are reading answers a question about which you have been thinking?  Have you been driving along the same road you have driven a hundred times only to notice for the first time a billboard that has information that you need NOW?  Maybe you have had dreams of deceased loved ones or angels that felt so real you would have sworn you were awake.  These are all example of your clairvoyance in action.  Clairvoyance means "clear sight." It is what people commonly think of as being psychic.  It is one of four clairs, or divine gifts, that we all have.  Our clairs are our way of "phoning home" or communicating with God.  We are born with these gifts, although one may be more developed than another. Clairvoyance focuses on sight, both physical and spiritual, to receive messages from Spirit. 

For many of us, we use our spiritual third eye to "see" these divine messages.  The third eye is located between your eyebrows in the center of your forehead.  It is constantly watching and recording our life's adventures, as well as transmitting messages from our heavenly home.  With our third eye, we can receive messages through dreams.  During dreamtime, it is easy for Spirit to communicate with us because our ego is asleep, and our higher self has free reign over our experiences.  When we receive guidance from our angels and guides through a dream, we don't argue with whether the experience was "real" or not.  We can go with the flow and enjoy the experience, learning what we need to learn peacefully and without fear.  Most people would freeze in terror if an angel appeared before them with a telegram from God.  But when you are asleep, it can easily be written off as a dream, but with our higher self still benefitting from the experience.

We can also receive guidance with our physical eyes.  I tend to see white feathers or colored sparkles when my angels are around me.  It is their way of saying "Hi."  I have also had books jump out of bookshelves at me that have messages that I need to read.  Repeating numbers are another way my angels and guides get my attention and get a message to me.  The visual guidance you receive may not be the same as other people's.  Spirit knows who you are and what you are ready to receive.  Think of it as having special, tailor-made guidance...just for you!

Remember to ASK for help, ASK for guidance, ASK for signs.  Our angels and guides, who are messengers of God, cannot help unless we ask, which gives them permission.  Once you have requested help, sit back and be open to the guidance that comes your way.  Be careful not to expect it to come in a certain form or at a certain time.  Trust that it will come at just the right time in just the right way.  Once we let go of the expectations, we can enjoy the experience. 

So, yes, you ARE psychic. You ARE clairvoyant.  Enjoy your dreams and your visual messages from Spirit.  It is nice to know that we are still connected to home and are not cut off when we drop into these human bodies.  Ask and you shall receive, perhaps in the form of sparkling lights and white feathers or a fabulous technicolor dream starring angels, guides, and perhaps your deceased Aunt Edna. 

Wait! Don't give up yet!

Susan Marek

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams

The message I am getting for today is persistence.  We have just come into a new energy and vibration over the past week.  We are still getting used to the calmer energies that have slowly settled into our reality, and we are ready to take a deep breath and relax.  I am being told that we need to be patient and to let the new vibration really settle into our beings before giving up on projects that seem to be going nowhere or on dreams that seem to good to be true.  Be persistent in allowing your true self to shine through.  Once we have fully absorbed and adjust to this new vibe, we will be ready, willing, and able to tackle our unfinished business with greater joy, speed, and success.

There are a few way you can help yourself in attuning to this new energy.  Get out in nature and ground yourself in the grass or by literally hugging a tree.  Let the Earth assist in adjusting and clearing your energy.  Drink more water.  Water helps to cleanse your physical body, and releasing physical toxins also clears them out energetically.  Get more sleep.  Yes, I am giving you permission to take a nap.  Our bodies need more rest while they are going through the adjustment.  Laugh, and I mean a real, belly laugh.  Laugh until your face hurts and your eyes start tearing up.  That alone is enough to raise your vibration tremendously.  Laughter clears out denser energies from your lower chakras and makes room for higher vibrations.

Be persistent in taking care of yourself, and don't give up yet!  Our new and improved, energized selves will soon be moving forward despite our previous fears.  The best is yet to come!

Making Light of Our Circumstance

Susan Marek

"Making light" of a situation is a phrase that is often used to describe the use of levity in response to a serious event or circumstance.  Tonight, as I was preparing for an angel talk that I am giving, Archangel Uriel gave me some thoughts to pass on to my workshop participants.  The name Uriel means "light of God," so it was appropriate (and funny) when this angel told me to "make light" of serious situations in order to bring about healing and growth.  Who says angels don't have a sense of humor?  Archangel Uriel fully understands how we as humans take things so seriously and forget that we have tremendous power to alter our circumstances.  It was also an excellent reminder to ask our angelic helpers for assistance.  Because we have free will, angels cannot assist us unless we ask.  When we ask, we open ourselves up for miracles to occur on so many levels. 

The phrase "making light" also has a deeper meaning.  When we use humor and laughter to defuse a tense situation, we are using a higher vibration to raise the energy.  We are, in fact, making (the situation) light(er).  We are lightening the vibration and allowing it to naturally move toward where we want it to be: toward the divine.    Digging deeper, making light symbolizes us, as sacred beings, adding our divine light to a dark situation. 

Anyway you look at it, making light of a situation not only uncovers the divinity in life, it also is a very human, very healing act.  Thank you, Archangel Uriel, for shedding some light on the subject.

That's not my name.

Susan Marek

Often, people call me Karen. I have no idea why, but when I correct them, they say, "Well, you look like a Karen."  What does "a Karen" look like?  Me, apparently.  I have been called Susie, Suze, Suzanna, and my least favorite, Sue.  You can always tell someone who is from East of the Mississippi.  They shorten names with wild abandon.  I also go by the name of mommy, mama, and MOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMM, depending on the circumstance.  Then there is "ma'am," which is completely unacceptable if it implies I am over-the-hill. 

Names are used to identify us with a group and give us a sense of uniqueness and belonging.  I belong to the Marek "group." It is an easy way to distinguish each other from the millions of people roaming the countryside.  They also determine relationship. Dad, Uncle Owen, Aunt Beru. It forms an unbreakable connection between people that languishes on genealogical charts.

Taking it a step further, names can become symbols.  Marilyn Monroe is an excellent example.  The name alone now exudes sexiness and sadnesss together.  James Dean is a rebel without a cause. Michael Jackson is the "king of pop."  What does your name represent?  Does it represent honesty and conviction?  Happiness and hope?  Confusion and chaos?  My name, Susan Marek,  means many things.  It does mean wife, mother, sister, daughter, cousin, aunt, friend.  It also represents lightworker and teacher.  It means integrity, hope, and love to me.  I do my best to represent those qualities at all times.  I am not always successful, but it is in the trying that we learn, grow, and change.

So, what is your name? What does it mean?  What does it represent to you?  How do you introduce yourself to others?  When we meet, I will introduce myself as Susan.  Not Karen.  That's not my name.

On Emmenthal and Enlightenment

Susan Marek

I love cheese. I love macaroni and cheese. All sorts of mac and cheese. The boxed kind, the frozen kind. The homemade kind. I have never met a mac and cheese I didn't like. As I was feasting on the frozen kind tonight, I had a culinary epiphany of sorts. Spiritual paths to enlightenment are like mac and cheese. There are lots of different types, but when it comes right down to it, it is just pasta and cheese. Could be Muenster cheese. Cheddar cheese. Colby Jack. Havarti. Bleu. The Three-Cheese Mexican Blend. Even American Cheese, although I am not sure exactly what that is. Might be elbow macaroni, fusilli, farfalle, penne. No matter what kind, it's still, at its core, the same thing: pasta covered in coagulated cow's milk, aged to perfection. And it is still going to the same place in every single person who eats it.

Even if you are lactose intolerant, gluten-free, or vegan, I think you can still appreciate the similarities between the universal quest for spiritual enlightenment and the quest for the perfect bowl of mac and cheese. And, of course, I believe the "Big Cheese" him/herself would appreciate it as well. Bon appetit!