Fight the Holidays Blues

 

 

 

Ho, Ho, Ho. Happy holidays: Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Warm Winter Solstice. Most cultures through the ages, all over the Northern hemisphere, have holidays of rebirth and new beginnings.

Ho, Ho, Ho. Happy holidays: Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Warm Winter Solstice. Most cultures through the ages, all over the Northern hemisphere, have holidays of rebirth and new beginnings.

But, because days are becoming shorter here in the North, and because expectations for holidays are high, many people fight with depression, anxiety, aloneness and disappointment. The first thing to remember is that many people share these challenges this time of year. The next is to give yourself permission to feel some sadness and all the related emotions, but not to get lost in them or wallow in them. In our society many people use some form of opiates, or anti-depressants when feeling low. Sometimes this may be necessary over a period of time when the deep hole of depression, or the crushing immobility of anxiety, keep us from functioning at all. But, I feel that we are usually better off without them, and that they are definitely not the solution for a bout with general holiday blues. If we lower our expectations of the season, and raise our acceptance of whatever happens, we can do better.

Think of a holiday meal, for example. Maybe you are invited to a family gathering. You know uncle Eddie (or uncle Bob or aunt Jean) will be there and that he always ends up attacking your political beliefs. Well, if he always does, he probably is going to this year as well. So, why not be ready for him? Have questions ready, such as what he feels is working well on his side of the political arena. Then listen to him, but take none of it to heart. Uncle Eddie is just who uncle Eddie is. It is not your work to change him.

But what if you find yourself alone and lonely? Why not help someone less fortunate than you? Many churches, charities, and food kitchens either give out, or serve up, holiday dinners. One year during the holidays I had moved far away from anyone I knew, and I had very little money. I volunteered packing food for giveaways and served up holiday meals. I met all kinds of new people and made new friends. I was simply too busy to feel bad for myself.

Anxiety during holidays can be very tricky, of course. What if you think of the family gathering and you get an anxiety attack? What if you think of shopping for gifts and you feel you have no control? You can beat it! I have seen so many people get on the other side of those feelings. Take baby steps. You can call in sick to family gatherings, just as you would to work. If you have anxiety, your life is probably overly demanding, and not serving you well. Give yourself time out, reflect on what you can change, and make a new plan. Or, read up on self-hypnosis, affirmations and guided imagery. See yourself next year as a person that doesn’t have anxiety. You can manifest the changes you desire.

This is a season of unique beauty. There is a deep history of people coming together to celebrate the return of more sunlight. The year I was far away from everyone I knew, I walked down the nearby Downtown. I was an observer as you can only be if you are new to a place, and have no specific role in it yet. I observed people shopping, laughing, fretting, scurrying. I saw the beauty of the snow and the cold and the decorations everywhere. Most of all I observed it as just life and just another season.

The holidays have the potential to be miserable, or to be joyous. The only thing that can make a difference is our attitudes, our expectations, and our acceptance. The good news is that this is something we have influence over. This season is a time of giving and loving and that applies to ourselves as well. Let’s teach ourselves as you would a child you love and are responsible for. Set some standards, expect the best, applaud every victory and be loving and forgiving all the way. Then you will also have the energy to give others what they need – to be truly generous, as we should be during the time of the holidays.

But, because days are becoming shorter here in the North, and because expectations for holidays are high, many people fight with depression, anxiety, aloneness and disappointment. The first thing to remember is that many people share these challenges this time of year. The next is to give yourself permission to feel some sadness and all the related emotions, but not to get lost in them or wallow in them. In our society many people use some form of opiates, or anti-depressants when feeling low. Sometimes this may be necessary over a period of time when the deep hole of depression, or the crushing immobility of anxiety, keep us from functioning at all. But, I feel that we are usually better off without them, and that they are definitely not the solution for a bout with general holiday blues. If we lower our expectations of the season, and raise our acceptance of whatever happens, we can do better.

Think of a holiday meal, for example. Maybe you are invited to a family gathering. You know uncle Eddie (or uncle Bob or aunt Jean) will be there and that he always ends up attacking your political beliefs. Well, if he always does, he probably is going to this year as well. So, why not be ready for him? Have questions ready, such as what he feels is working well on his side of the political arena. Then listen to him, but take none of it to heart. Uncle Eddie is just who uncle Eddie is. It is not your work to change him.

But what if you find yourself alone and lonely? Why not help someone less fortunate than you? Many churches, charities, and food kitchens either give out, or serve up, holiday dinners. One year during the holidays I had moved far away from anyone I knew, and I had very little money. I volunteered packing food for giveaways and served up holiday meals. I met all kinds of new people and made new friends. I was simply too busy to feel bad for myself.

Anxiety during holidays can be very tricky, of course. What if you think of the family gathering and you get an anxiety attack? What if you think of shopping for gifts and you feel you have no control? You can beat it! I have seen so many people get on the other side of those feelings. Take baby steps. You can call in sick to family gatherings, just as you would to work. If you have anxiety, your life is probably overly demanding, and not serving you well. Give yourself time out, reflect on what you can change, and make a new plan. Or, read up on self-hypnosis, affirmations and guided imagery. See yourself next year as a person that doesn’t have anxiety. You can manifest the changes you desire.

This is a season of unique beauty. There is a deep history of people coming together to celebrate the return of more sunlight. The year I was far away from everyone I knew, I walked down the nearby Downtown. I was an observer as you can only be if you are new to a place, and have no specific role in it yet. I observed people shopping, laughing, fretting, scurrying. I saw the beauty of the snow and the cold and the decorations everywhere. Most of all I observed it as just life and just another season.

The holidays have the potential to be miserable, or to be joyous. The only thing that can make a difference is our attitudes, our expectations, and our acceptance. The good news is that this is something we have influence over. This season is a time of giving and loving and that applies to ourselves as well. Let’s teach ourselves as you would a child you love and are responsible for. Set some standards, expect the best, applaud every victory and be loving and forgiving all the way. Then you will also have the energy to give others what they need – to be truly generous, as we should be during the time of the holidays.

First appeared in December issue of The Echo World Magazine

Linnea Star offers Lectures workshops and readings Dec 1-3 Charlottesville / Keswick

This is a Sample article from the December issue of The Echo World. Linnea Star explains why it is possible to see and photograph images in Crystals. Linnea is visiting Charlottesville and Kezwick 1-3 Dec – and will demonstrate this ability.. 1st Dec. Friday Night Unity of Charlottesville, Lecture 6:30-8:30
2nd Dec. Saturday Morning Unity of Charlottesville, Workshop 9 to 12:30
2nd Dec. Saturday Evening Open Heart Yoga Studio, Lecture 6:30 to 8:30
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Crystal Images Given from the Other Side
By Linnea Star

Crystals have been used within the metaphysical realm for centuries. Crystals have the ability to create harmony and renew your intrinsic energy, within you, as well as in your environment. Also, certain types of crystals promote healing, ease anxiety and can assist with deep meditation.

Crystal ball gazing has been a method of divination from ancient Egyptian times. My association with crystals has been ongoing for quite some time. When I work with them as a medium, I often see images that form within the transparent orb itself. But the most fascinating thing is, that I’m not the only one who can see these images. Often, people I work with, and do readings for, can see them as well. I want to share a few examples of this, as I find it is so precious, and meaningful, for the people who experience this phenomenon.

A few years ago, I had a client hold the crystal ball for a moment. After she held the crystal for a bit, I asked her to take a cellphone photo of it. The images that I had seen in the crystal were captured within the photo. My client could see these images as well. We call this Mystical Crystals. When a crystal ball is held by someone and then photographed, everyone receives different images within the orb. The process of holding the crystal allows the person’s own energy to coordinate with the Soul Spirit energy that is trying to connect from the other side. Therefore, each person who uses this technique receives images unique for them. That is, what a spirit on the other side wants to reveal to them. This unusual form of divination is quite visual. In this case, the phrase “seeing is believing,” is truly fitting.

The Mystical Crystal in the photo was taken December 2016, by a client with a life-threatening illness. We were initiating a prayer petition to The Blessed Mother. After he held the crystal in his hands and took a cellphone photo, you can see the definitive image of The Blessed Mother in the middle area of the crystal. He has since gone into a remission, and continues doing well against all odds. There are numerous venues of divination to use when reaching out to the other side. The benefit of crystal images is that the client actually sees what the medium, or Lightworker, sees.

There are client instances where various spirit messages can readily be seen by all in attendance. At a recent private event, a young lady wanted to reach a beloved grandfather who, sadly, had died last summer. Through me, he gave much information that she could confirm to be true, but that I could not possibly have known, or guessed. When she held the crystal orb, I asked her to focus on her memories of him. She used her cellphone to take a photo of the orb, and then we looked at it together. There was writing inside the orb, in big letters. They read: PAPA. As it turned out, that was what she had called him.

At another private event, with a group, the hostess had, sadly, lost her husband soon after the birth of their son, who was still an infant. Her husband came through immediately, telling me he was the victim of a hit and run driver – something his wife confirmed to be true. She held the crystal, and then took a photo of it with her cellphone. When we looked at the photo, an image of an infant’s head clearly was visible in the crystal, and she confessed that the infant resembled their son. Everyone in the room could see the image.

At yet another event, a cousin of one of the guests started speaking through me, with information only her relative could know. For my inner eye, I was also shown an image of the cousin in her younger years. She had long, dark hair parted in the middle. When the living cousin had held the crystal, and taken her cellphone photo, we were amazed to see the image of a woman with long, dark hair in the same style as I had seen through my inner eye. In the photo was also a big, white heart. I took that to mean that this cousin was sending her love from the other side to her living family.

Perhaps the most beneficial result of this specific form of crystal divination, is that anyone can see what I often see in transparent orb. Showing clearly to everyone who is present that the spirit world does indeed exist. That the grave is not the end, but the beginning of eternal light. That the soul truly is eternal.

Linnea Star is a Psychic Medium who does Past. Present. Future. Linnea has displayed metaphysical understanding of the Universe since childhood. Her website is www.LinneaStar.com. LangevinAxelsson Marketing represents Linnea. If you are interested in booking her for an event, contact us: 434-260-9952 or LangevinAxelssonMarketing@gmail.com
Linnea is coming to Virginia for lectures and workshops December 1st to 3rd. Check out LangevinAxelsson Marketing Facebook page for details.

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Fighting Depression, Anxiety and Loneliness at the Holidays.

 

The leaves are almost all gone in Virginia. In the States, we all know Thanksgiving is coming. It is a season of appreciation and gratitude. Gratitude for a great summer, a fun fall, for being alive and being able to love. There is so much we have to give thanks for.

This is an especially good time of year to take control of how we live and how we think. I know many people who feel that their lives are not the way they wish them to be. But many people also realize they can do more about the quality of their lives. We can! But how do we do this?

How we think greatly affects our lives. Many of us work a minimum of forty hours a week. After work we are just too used up or too tired out to do much else than eat, hang out with family or friends, and sleep. We worry about our families’ health, the state of world events, paying our bills and tons of other things. For me, I have found that small changes can greatly enhance all that. It starts with how I think.

When I grew up, no one taught me that I could control how I think. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t have control of my thoughts all the time, and it is not always easy to do. However, I have seen, without a doubt, that when I do control how I think, and what I focus on, things change. Things really do get better. But, if I focus on not having enough – not enough money, time, energy, health, love, or something else – there seems to become less of it.

There are ways to begin controlling what we focus on. I use a very simple one. When I find myself focusing on not having enough, I paint a big red “X” over that thought in my imagination. Then I ask myself how would I like things to be instead. And I imagine in detail, a picture of what my life would be like if I had what I wanted. I fill that imaginary picture in with as much detail as I can. What would I feel like, what would I see, what would it sound like, smell like, taste like …? Whenever I catch myself fearing not having enough, I paint my big red “X” and I change the channel in my thinking to my desired picture of having what I want. I am always amazed when I can make myself do this. Consistently my life gets better and I get more than enough.

We can all get depressed, overwhelmed, angry, resentful – you name it. But if we work on becoming more mindful about how we think and what we focus on, we can, with small changes in how we think, make major changes in the quality of our lives. I urge everyone to play with these ways of thinking differently.

In the meantime, I give thanks this month for every aspect of my life, and for all of The Echo World readers and our ever-expanding community. We are now distributing in Richmond, in a big way. What a thrill! It is an ancient, magical teaching, that what you give genuine gratitude for grows in your life. So, let’s all give thanks for each other and all that is good in our lives, and let’s begin expecting more of it. Let’s laugh at the silliness of the world, national and international news. We live in interesting times. Let’s make the most of the opportunities they provide, and enjoy all we are blessed to be and have. May it be a great season of Thanks and Giving!

Reprinted from October 2017 The Echo World Magazine / TheEchoWorld.com

What was behind Ranch Tehama Shooting?

Rancho Tehama Reserve is an unincorporated community in Tehama County California, United States. The population was 1,485 at the 2010 census. There is no reasonably priced internet service, nor TV service, cell phones do not work there, and landline phones are expensive. There is no bus service, or any form of public transportation anywhere. The closest cities are Red Bluff, which is twenty-five miles away, and Corning, which is twenty-three miles away. Both are down long curvy unlighted country roads.

For an amazing season of my life I was a social worker for Children Services in Tehama County. It took me a few months working in Tehama County before I was sent to Rancho Tehama to investigate a case of suspected child abuse. It was the middle of the day and, yet, I was surprised to observe many working-age-adults sitting on their front porches sharing bottles of alcohol. The smell of marijuana lofted up to my county car. When I arrived at the home, the young couple of parents were not happy with me being there, asking them questions. But, after some small talk I won the parent’s trust and was quickly assured that their children were safe with them. However, I thought I should get their insights into this strangely isolated community I had never know existed. They informed me that producing, selling and using meth was the main activities in Rancho. They also said that many people who were having a difficult time finding work, and paying bills, would move to this township due to the very affordable rent. However, soon after moving there a lot of people would have their cars break down, not being able to afford repairs, and thus have no way to get to work in the only places there were jobs in Corning, Chico or Red Bluff. Instead, they would turn to growing marijuana or producing meth. It was usually not long before meth use and addiction followed. They said the big joke about people who lived there was that most of them had lost their front teeth due to meth use.

I was able to leave those children with their parents. However, over the next few years I often had to go to Rancho Tehama and remove neglected or abused children, usually due to alcoholism and meth addiction.

I was blessed to become the Co-Chairperson of Tehama Counties’ Building Community Partnership Committee. We did many great small projects in Corning, where our branch Children Services office was. Then we took on the big apartment project where Children Services had the most investigations and removals in Corning. We worked with the apartment complex manager, the mayor, the police chief and the superintendent of schools, and even the fire chief. We rallied the people who lived there to put together a summer time free lunch program, all kinds of free classes weekdays in the summer. My son even volunteered to teach soccer classes three afternoons every week. We started in April and went until September. We had gotten official figures of how often police, fire-department, ambulance, Adult Services, and Children Services had been called out to this complex the six months previously. When we rechecked the figures, the numbers had fallen drastically during the first six months the program was in place. (The call-out figures actually usually increased in the summer months.)

We followed this success with using the same model in the apartment complex in the city of Red Bluff where Children Services had been called out most frequently in this area in the recent years. We did a one-year-program and the success was very measurable. It felt great. My friend and Co-Chairperson, Tomas Loarca, and I agreed to take on the counties foster child community Rancho Tehama. We agreed this area was a power keg of potential trouble waiting for the wrong match.

We got the county administrators permission – with some resistance – because it wasn’t an apartment complex, but a 1500 people town. We started organizing meetings. The response was great right away. Everyone was excited that the county was willing to do things for them. A wonderful retired couple, Lew and Marnie, stepped forward and became the community focus people. They were key people, because Tomas and I could only get there so often. Almost every class or event we offered was very successful and well attended. We formed a committee to research and make a proposal to the proper agencies to bring in a bus service. This committee worked very diligently and hard, but, unfortunately, this part of the program was not successful. It was going well in Rancho Tehama, yet, we knew this was a big challenge which would require much more work than any apartment complex. When Tomas was offered a better paying position closer to his home and pregnant wife, he departed as the county went through a budget cut, so it became more difficult for Building Community Partnership to obtain support supplies and moneys. Then my life changed, and I left my employment at Tehama County. Lew and Marnie did their best when I left to maintain the classes and events for Rancho Tehama that we had launched, but there was no longer any county support. I have kept in touch with them for over five years and am amazed at all they have done for Rancho Tehama.

It was a Facebook posting by Lew on Wednesday the 15th Facebook that inspired me to write this blog posting. This is what he wrote: “I normally respond to each and every birthday wish and eventually will get to them all, but today may be an exception. It has been a crazy twenty-four hours. We will be busy with community healing today (Google Rancho Tehama if you don’t know why). The healing must begin. Thank you all for your well wishes, comments, support and for reaching out to insure we were safe and well.”

Then when I sent Lew this piece he wrote.”

I feel terrible for the shootings and killings in Rancho Tehama and wish healing to everyone there. But, I also think it is important for us all to be aware how many people and communities in the USA and the world exist in poverty, substance abuse, and isolation. As individuals and a society, we need to make time and efforts to help more and change things, to get to the root of the problems in places as Tehama. This is the only way to get to a place where acts like the sad shooting in Tehama stop occurring.

How Do I Write a Really Meaningful Magical Book?

Since high school I have wanted and worked to be a good, widely read, writer of materials that change lives. Now at sixty-four I still struggle with this same challenge. I have written and published three books and literally many hundred articles. But, what matters most to write is always my question? I love life, the planet Earth, and to be human. I savor the feel of the wind on my cheek, the smell of leaves in the fall, the taste of good food, the sweet sound of music, and I love the sights of nature and cities alike.

I love my children, and the fact that they are two of my very best friends at twenty-eight and twenty-nine thrills me to no end. I am so blessed to have married a goddess and to enjoy life with her each day. Our love is divine.

I am looking forward to my next thirty, or forty years, to enjoy every moment of being alive and all the accomplishments and adventures those years will bring.

At this season in my life, I am drawn to write a book of living magically. I hate preachy books, I have a hard time with many New Age books, I can’t stand holier- than-thou spiritual teachers, and I certainly don’t care for people who feel their beliefs and ways of living are the only right ones. Yet, I dare to think I could bring together a book about how my wife Sofia and I have lived magically, and that this book might be different than all that. Not to show the way, not to make others feel this is what they must or should do. But rather, just for the sake of sharing works for us and how we have evolved with it, and tell fun stories of our lives along the way.

I live in the real world fairly well. I am a good business man and have built million-dollar businesses. But my main passions have since my earliest memories been spirituality, magic, the occult, the mysteries and forbidden areas of life. Why? Did I bring these passions into this life from a another one?  I saw ghosts when I was young. I studied with the Laurie Cabot, witches in Salem, Massachusetts, with Starhawk and the witches of San Francisco. I spent many months on many trips in Latin America studying and sharing ceremonies and rituals with many shamans. I founded and published an edge cutting New Age magazine named Magical Blend, for 27 years and after a ten year break find myself publishing a magazine again. My wife has called me bombastic. I do admit to being a bit arrogant, full of myself and a bragger.

None of that matters, other than that it helps me tell good stories. What matters for me is how I view life, how I live life and if I am evolving and inspiring others. I believe in most everything. I believe in magic, in Bigfoot, in many gods and goddesses, in ghosts, ghouls, demons, the Anunnaki, UFO’s, extraterrestrials, other dimensions, elves, fairies, forest folks, vampires, Tantric sex … you name it. I believe in it – if it feels fun, possible and real to me.

I believe that how we think, and what we focus on and expect in our lives is the most powerful creative force in our lives. A good friend of mine and great author Frank DeMarco teaches people how to listen to their inner guidance and how to talk to the dead. I call what he uses the “what if approach.” Say you want to talk to your dead grandmother. What if you sat down alone and began making believe you were talking to her? What if you did this until you started hearing things come out of your mouth you could not know or would not ever say?

I have always used something like this approach with almost everything. What if I could find a perfect lover? What would that be like? What if I could live the life of my dreams, what would that be like? I feel I have achieved both of these. So I continue to ask what if…

What if I could make the time, energy and conjure up the burning motivation to write and publish a book that would inspire those who read it to live more magical, fulfilling, joyous lives? How would I do this best? What would that feel like? What would I write? Many people seem to read my blog these days any suggestions from any of you are welcomed. What if?