We tend to refer to anything that has been reduced to capital letters as an acronym. Technically this isn’t correct. An acronym is an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word.
For example, ATO (Australian Taxation Office) and FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) are not acronyms because they are not pronounced as words. Instances like this are properly referred to as ‘initialism’ (not abbreviations – that’s another matter entirely.)
Amongst those who are into these finer details of language or literature there is an on-going debate about whether it is ok to call initials that are not pronounced as words acronyms. Personally, I like to make the distinction!
What is Joy? For most of my life I considered Joy to be something like super-happiness. Happiness+++ However, in the last few years, I started to feel the difference between the two. In a recent Chakra Puncture detox program (see my June Blog), I was specifically asking to clear whatever was in the way of experiencing Joy. It triggered a philosophical contemplation on the difference between happiness and Joy.
Happiness feels like an emotion.
Joy feels like a state of being.
What is Energetic Healing? Well, like everything, you can google it. You will find several definitions and there are different modalities that fall under the umbrella of ‘energy healing’ but the one I am writing about is a modality called Chakra-Puncture (CP). It is similar to acupuncture in that it uses needles but it is dis-similar in that it doesn’t work on the Chinese meridians. Instead it works through the nadis in the body. There is further information about chakra-puncture and nadis at the end of this blog.
The best way for me to talk about energetic healing is to share with you my actual experience. When I do a CP detox program (a series of twelve sessions), I like to have a ‘theme’. For this one I nominated the theme of “Show me what needs to be healed, show me what is holding me back.” By ‘holding me back’, I mean what is holding me back from experiencing the joy of being a child of God. Granted we live in a mad, mad world and this is a good excuse for not feeling the joy of being divine but I am wanting to move past the madness and embrace the Joy.
I first tried Esoteric Yoga several years ago. Initially, I was unsure that I was really ‘getting it’ and during those early years, I struggled with the practice. My mind just would not stay present in the body. It wanted to busy itself pre-planning what I would do later in the day or tomorrow or next week. Better yet, my mind loved hashing over things that had happened the day before, thinking of all the clever things I ‘should have’ said.
But, with practice, I began to experience the union of my mind with my body, and had my first real experience of conscious presence. Over the years, I had heard a lot of different references to conscious presence but never knew exactly what it meant until I experienced it in Esoteric Yoga. When the mind is focused on or aligned to what the body is experiencing, this is conscious presence.
I recently went to a free talk. About sustainable fashion. On a Friday at 10am. In a local pub on the beach front. All of this sounds like everything I would not do. I rarely attend ‘talks’, free or otherwise. I have no interest in fashion, but I do in sustainability. I never go to a pub (not even at 10am). But there I was second row from the front. To my surprise, I enjoyed it very much.
The discussion was between Clare Press and Zoë Gameau. ** It was organised as a promotion for Clare’s book Rise & Resist, about gentle activism which as it turned out was much more what the event was about than selling her book. She didn’t even read from her book. Clearly, she wasn’t there for self-promotion.
She describes Gentle Activism as a more beautiful, fair and kind activism for a more beautiful, fair and kind world.
In recent times I have lost faith in the media to report accurately, or fairly, or truthfully. The days of investigative journalism are dead and gone. Instead I observe cut and paste reporting. I know of 12 articles that were reproduced 1000 times. The only thing different in some of those reproductions were the headlines. Always striving to out sell the competitor, the editor adds another sensationalist word to the headline. Never mind that there is no evidence, no proof, no truth in the added word. The examples of lies, intentional omissions and twisted truth are too numerous to do justice to them in a short blog like this. It would take a book. Fortunately, a lawyer friend of mine is writing that book. Today I'm pinpointing the journalistic use of the phrase 'Mainly Women.'
We live in the age of ‘post-truth’ journalism. According to the Oxford dictionary, post-truth is described like this: an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’."
Gayle Cue loves writing about life, reflecting on every day miracles and pondering on the big picture.
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