Thursday, June 20, 2013

Intuitive Tools for Diabetics and Others

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You can carry around a practical set of spiritual tools

You already know that caring for your diabetes isn't just about caring for your body. It's also about paying attention to your mind and spirit.

To put it another way, diabetes asks you to help regulate energy use in your body. That means you're already, whether you know it or not, focusing on your personal energy flow. That's what you're doing when you're tweaking your diabetes self-care in response to stress, emotions, and other energetic challenges.

But this can sound vague and mystical. What exactly are we talking about here? 

Diabetes is the thing that led me to hone my skills as a clairvoyant reader of the human energy system. But you don’t have to become a clairvoyant reader for diabetes to help you access more of your personal power and intuitive abilities. 

A good way to start getting a handle on your own energy system is to use eight intuitive tools that I can teach you. They're accessible, illuminating, and fun.

The upcoming posts will teach you how to practice an intuitive style of meditation that involves relaxation, visualization, and working with your energy anatomy. You can bring these tools into your daily eyes-open life too.

I already posted a couple of blog entries about the first tool: calling up a sense of amusement. Check it out: part 1, and part 2,

You can start using these tools for five minutes each day and spend more time at it from there; even five minutes a day will create beneficial changes for you. You’ll also learn to apply these intuitive tools to your non-meditating life. They will take some steady practice, but I’m betting you’ll enjoy it.

You will learn how to:
  • Release stress, and avoid a good deal of it in the first place
  • Get back in synch with your body
  • Replenish your body and spirit
  • Create personal boundaries to feel safe and sane
  • Handle a variety of situations and settings
  • Get to know and enjoy your own energy and the energy of others
  • Visualize and create new outcomes in every area of your life 
  • Be more amused, neutral, and forgiving – well, more of the time
  • Know yourself better and experience what you know as the divine or God
The specific diabetes-related benefits include:

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  • Improving blood-sugar control and other physiological variables
  • Making healthier choices about diet, exercise, medications, and the details of diabetic self-care
  • Finding your diabetes easier to manage
  • Discovering ways out of depression, which is more prevalent among diabetics
  • Working better with your medical team
  • Communicating more effectively with insurance companies and medical providers
  • Gaining the support you need from family and community
  • Navigating the variability of the diabetes experience with more success and self-forgiveness
Enjoy! And feel free to contact me about a private reading and coaching session. Email me at lisabmusic at hotmail dot com or use Twitter or the contact form here:

copyright © 2013 Lisa Bernstein

Saturday, June 15, 2013

New Testimonials

A few testimonials from 2013 were just posted on my intuitive services site. I'm grateful, and as always, eager for the coming week's readings.

Please get in touch if you're interested in a clairvoyant reading, which includes healing and some coaching as appropriate to you. You can email me at lisabmusic at hotmail dot com or contact me via the form on the contact page at the site whose link is given above. Questions welcome!

Selected 2013 Testimonials

Thanks for taking so much time with me last night. I appreciate your insights and intuitive observations. It was remarkable to me how well you homed in on some of the issues of my past/present and the image you saw from my childhood. It opened up a whole train of thought that was very illuminating. Also want to compliment your delivery, which is calm and compassionate. It's always a challenge for me to open myself up to someone I don't know (therapy was never something that worked for me), and you made it feel safe, and nonjudgmental. I can see you have a gift for this work. Will definitely recommend you to anyone who asks. – S.B., musician, Berkeley, California

Thank you, Lisa. I found the reading to be very enlightening, powerful, and clarifying. I must set something up again." – Mrs. Rebecca Reyes, Stockton, California

light blue pattern from lisabintuitive.comThe reading was a great experience. After a good night's sleep, I felt so light and almost had a perma-grin the entire next day. I appreciate your gift. – C.J., California

“Lisa was the center of attention at a recent Tarot Card Reading / Cocktail party I had with my friends. Everyone was complimentary of Lisa's skills and attention to them throughout the evening. She was very accommodating - staying on much later than originally planned in order to provide everyone in attendance a chance to meet with her individually. I would recommend Lisa - she was the highlight of the party! – Andre B., San Francisco

copyright © 2013 Lisa Bernstein

Monday, June 10, 2013

Spiritual Mechanics Is Not About Self-Improvement

Spiritual mechanics is not about self-improvement or trying really hard. It’s about being who you are. 

As I use and teach spiritual mechanics, one of the most empowering ideas I work with is this: It's not about taking you from a state of badness to a state of goodness. It's about being more of who you are.

While intuitive tools will very likely benefit you enormously as a diabetic and a human being, they’re not about self-improvement or improving others. They’re about connecting with your essence, your authentic, unique being, your self. This is the foundation for becoming more capable at creating what you want.

First off, as you start to use intuitive tools, you start to work with your body.

It may seem like a contradiction that doing spiritual work means working with your body. But if you think about it, it makes sense: once you home in on being aware of yourself as an energy being, a unique spirit, you get some separation from your body, and along with it, more awareness of and -- I hope -- communication with your body.

You want that communication to be largely positive -- which is a rarer experience than you might suppose.

Most of us are constantly giving our bodies negative judgments: your body is too short, too tall, too fat, too thin, too white, too black, too toned, too muscle-bound. Or maybe we’re giving our bodies positive judgments that contain with them the shadow of disapproval. Rarely do we look at our bodies and simply accept them.

Poor body; it’s a wonder it carries on with such fortitude and resilience in the face of this onslaught of judgmental communication, like a loyal dog who loves and stands by you no matter what you tell it. The effect of advertising’s pervasive messages about our bodies has only augmented our individual self-judgment.

Diabetes can bring with it another layer of negative self-judgment and body-judgment.

Often, as we step up to respond to diabetes and control it – a positive activity – we adopt another layer of self-judgment: your blood sugar is too high or too low, your measured cholesterol and blood-pressure levels are in or out of the desired ranges, you’re walking how many minutes per week?, you’re ingesting the right or wrong amount of carbohydrates and fats, etc. Diabetic self-care means another stream of judgments about our bodies. We want to do the diabetic self-care activities, which are necessary and valuable, but we want to remove from them blame and self-judgment. Make choices, analyze what works, but take away that layer of "bad girl" or "bad boy" from the equation.

Want a break from judging your body?

Allow yourself a few moments to simply be -- and to be in your body -- without judgment.

First of all, when you sit down to use intuitive tools, you are giving yourself time and space to simply be. That’s how it works. You start to settle into your body and acknowledge where it is in that moment. You don’t criticize the body and you don’t praise the body. You just be in the body and greet it where it is. Once you’ve gotten your body more comfortable, more fully owned and occupied by you, you can start to do other things in your energy space.

The key is to approach these spiritual activities with non-judgment, or neutrality. You’re not doing them with an eye toward improving yourself or other people according to a checklist; instead, you’re just looking, seeing, choosing, and then changing what you’re looking at, using your mind’s eye. Meanwhile you’re allowing your body to release any energy that feels like tension or discomfort (more tools on exactly how to do that to come in later posts -- but it also works if you just tell yourself that it's OK to release what doesn't feel good).

Instead of aiming to “be better,” you aim to “feel better.” This means, at its core, becoming and expressing more of you who are. You can home in on who you are each time you use spiritual mechanics.

Stop trying, for a change.

Also, you’ll get to practice an attitude related to neutrality: not trying. Your body loves to strive, to be in effort. Go running, wash the floor, climb a mountain. Sweat, grunt, feel that you’re working and accomplishing something: that’s what the body loves, and it’s how we’ve been trained to measure achievement. This can be great fun.

But intuitive activities work differently. When you’re in your mind’s eye, you don’t need to try. Imagine a horse. Imagine your mother’s face. Let them float away. There, you’re already practicing an ability that you instinctively possess. 

In contrast, that feeling of trying hard in spiritual work/play means that you’re using your physical energy, rather than your intuitive abilities. As you test out one or two tools, you’ll see that not trying, while it may seem paradoxical, is a delightful respite from the more striving approaches you’re probably used to in your waking life, or maybe even in previous spiritual activities. 

And of course, once you get used to using your intuitive “not trying” skill, you’ll be able to draw on it more easily while doing physical things, whether it’s following a hunch in the moment or hearing and responding to your inner guidance system as you make little and big choices throughout the weeks.

copyright © 2013 Lisa Bernstein