How To Use Affirmations to Change Your Life

By Bryan J. Johnson

There is a lot of controversy about affirmations and whether they have an affect on the mind and your thoughts. I believe affirmations can have a very profound affect on the way people think. Using affirmations to help to make change in ones life can have many positive affects on how your thought patterns work. Your mind is very powerful and if used properly you can tap into energies beyond belief.

The Author of “The Power Of Positive Thinking” said it like this and I quote;”Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.”
– Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

When Mr. Peale wrote this book it started a whole new way of thinking about how the mind works. Researchers are now finding that the power of positive thinking can help you to live longer, happier lives. Some of the benefits of thinking positive are:
• Decreased stress
• Greater resistance illness. Such as the common cold
• Improved health
• Reduced risk of having heart problems

Medical research has been studying how a positive attitude can relate to health for the benefits of preventive care and for the recovery process. What medical research is finding is that people with good outlooks on life have to see doctors far less than people who complain and moan about everything. The people who have good attitudes about there illness are far more likely to recover than someone who lies around feeling sorry for themselves.
What are affirmations? The dictionary explains it like this:

1. The act of affirming or the state of being affirmed; assertion.

2. Something declared to be true; a positive statement or judgment.

Whether you know it or not you have been using affirmations your whole life. They could have been negative or positive. Limiting thoughts can be very detrimental to your growth as a human being on this earth. They can put up road blocks and stop progress. A lot of people don’t even no they are doing it.

Writing your own affirmations in my opinion is stronger. They are more heart felt. You tend to have more of a connection with the words you are saying to your self. When writing affirmations always keep them in the positive present tense so in you’re mind you believe the statement to be true. Keep from making them sound like something in the future so they will keep you in the present. Remember that the future is not here yet and the past is gone.

Stay in the present, you do not want to stray. A statement such as “I WILL BE RICH ONE DAY” has the power to restrain you from ever getting the riches you want. You have placed all your focus to a future time that may not ever arrive. A positive affirmation should read like this. This is one of my favorites: “I CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY AND ACCEPT ABUNDANCE UNCONDITIONALLY.”
Here are a couple of guidelines to go by:

1. Write or pick an affirmation that is comfortable to you

2. Write down your affirmation fifteen to twenty times. You want to make it fun. If it becomes work you will have a problem sticking with it.



Step-By-Step Frequency Raising System

The Amazing Step-By-Step Frequency Raising System

Julia Rogers Hamrick

A strategy for coming back into alignment when you’re feeling disconnected
Step One: Observe your feelings and listen to the conversation in your head without judging what you observe. If you feel angry, resentful, hurt, sad, fearful, or anything other than joyful, or if what you’re hearing in your head is other than loving, your ego has taken the wheel and is blocking your perfect alignment with your God-Realized Self, and holding you out of the flow of Love from Source, thus lowering your frequency and keeping you in the “misery matrix.”

Step Two: Acknowledge your intention to shift back into alignment as soon as you recognize that you are misaligned, and express your intent to surrender to your God-Realized Self: the aspect of you that is perpetually in alignment with Source and thus is totally loving, all wise, all powerful, and consistently blissful. Being aligned with this unlimited Self and rising in frequency (the result of being in alignment) is the solution to all problems.

Step Three: Allow your ego to express whatever it needs to-whether it’s rage, grief, or self-righteousness. Just let it come out. If writing out your feelings (for your eyes only) would be helpful, do that. Cry, yell, punch a pillow-do whatever you need to do to discharge the energy. Do not resist anything that comes up on the basis of it not being “nice.” (These exercises are for you and no one else-ideally, you will do them in private.) Observe without resistance while this is going on, and know that these feelings are not a part of you, but simply “stuff” that needs to be discharged to make way for Love to flow. Devote as much purposeful time to this as needed.

Step Four: Select any frequency-raising support activities and tools that seem appropriate and utilize them (A partial list is at the bottom of this post). Moving Life Force freely through you without ego choking off the flow is the key to rising in frequency. Music is one of the most powerful realignment tools as it easily bypasses ego resistance. You may want to use sad or angry music during Step Three, but once your ego has expressed and you’re feeling more peaceful and ready to allow yourself to move toward joy, choose music that you feel will be helpful in boosting you upward.

Step Five: Let go to the upward movement of your energy and enhance it by breathing into it and celebrating it! Stay focused on the wonderful feeling of Life Force flowing through you, and feel it elevating you closer and closer to the “joy space.” Repeating the words “Thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you, thank you” over and over again to your God-Realized Self is like fanning a spark to turn it into a flame. Feel the magnetic energy of the joy space calling you upward and revel in the feeling of being there-it’s your true Home!

Honor your intuition as to what else you need to do. Your intuition is your God-Realized Self guiding you.

Repeat as needed.

Frequency-Raising Support Tools and Techniques

Raising your frequency is a matter of unblocking the flow of Life Force from Source (also known as Love), so that it flows freely through you without resistance from your ego. The following are some of the many tools and energy-moving techniques that will help get you back in the flow!

Music is one of the easiest, most effective passive tools for frequency-raising as it is generally something that bypasses ego-resistance and entrains your energy to it without effort. You can use music to assist in moving out emotional “stuff” when you’re providing ego the chance to be heard so it can drop its resistance. Music composed as an act of healing is especially potent for this. Upbeat, rhythmic music will lift you up higher when you are ready to move to the joy space.

Conscious breathing-breathing dynamically and purposefully-realigns you with the rhythm of the Divine. Imagine you are breathing in Light and breathing out whatever is not in alignment and blocking the flow of Life Force through you. Using circular breathing techniques (rebirthing therapy) can rapidly move energy blockages through and out and free your energy to flow, but simply sitting and focusing on your breath is also a powerful way to get centered, oxygenated, and enlivened.

is a powerful, passive frequency-raiser that bypasses all ego resistance.The aromatic essences of plants were provided by the Creator for the purpose of assisting us in realigning with Source, thus balancing, healing and energizing us. Smelling a pure plant fragrance brings our energy into the frontal lobes of the brain to the pineal gland where our God Knowingness is accessible. Many fragrances such as frankincense, sandalwood, rose and balsam fir are particularly effective for stimulating the pineal gland and raising frequency. Essential oils must be therapeutic-grade for this use.

Sleep is the gift we are given daily to get our ego-minds out of the way so we can realign with Source and Life Force can freely flow through us. Getting enough sleep is extremely important in raising your frequency and keeping it high.

is like “neutral” in the gears of a car. When we relax, we allow energy in reverse polarity to come back into alignment. When things are going wrong, taking a deep breath and relaxing mentally and physically puts Spirit back in charge.

Toning is using your voice to raise and balance energy, something you do instinctively as a child. There are infinite ways to tone, but here is a technique to try: Start by sounding “oooooooooo” (rhymes with “glue”) at the lowest note your voice will go and raise the tone up smoothly over a period of a few seconds, from as low as you can easily go to the highest you can easily go, like a siren starting up, and hold the highest note as long as you can. Do not force the sound-let your voice gently wrap around the sound so as not to cause vocal strain. Repeat. Experiment with your voice and find your own favorite technique!

Exercise, including stretching, is a really great way to get the Life Force flowing freely through your body again. Physical movement not only causes energy to move through and oxygenate your brain, it stimulates the release of endorphins, which are frequency-elevating, as witnessed by the way they move you into joy. Do your favorite workout, dance, play a game that requires movement, or simply take a walk. The key is to move.

Frontal lobe
stimulation withdraws energy from your reptilian brain (home of your ego’s greatest influence) and draws it into the part of your brain where your God Knowingness is available. You can stimulate your frontal lobes by focusing energy there. One easy way to do this is by visualizing your amygdala-two walnut-sized structures in the mid-brain at about eye level-and imagining Tinkerbell swooping in and tickling them with a feather. (Thanks to for that idea.)

Radiating Love unconditionally is the most frequency-raising of all activities because in order to do it, you have to be in alignment! It is what you were designed for, and the ability to do this is “hard-wired” into you. When you radiate Love impersonally, just the way Source does, without concern for who is receiving or appreciating it, you are automatically in perfect alignment.

Other powerful frequency-raising activities to try include:

~Appreciating something or someone (gratitude is an especially powerful form of appreciation)

~Communing with Nature and allowing it to trigger your Love response to it

~Doing something for someone with absolutely no expectation of anything in return

~Using water, a magical, electromagnetic substance, to soak in, shower in, swim in, gaze at, and drink (being well-hydrated is essential for operating at higher frequency)

Consciousness and Vibrational Frequency

Consciousness and Vibrational Frequency: A Primer

Julia Rogers Hamrick

The basics about how frequency affects your perceptions
Consciousness and vibrational frequency are perfectly correlated. When you’re lower in frequency, you’re lower in consciousness-your perception is dulled-and you view things through a foggy lens. When you’re higher in frequency, you’re higher in consciousness, your perception is heightened and you see things more clearly the higher you go. Just as when you ascend in an airplane, you see a larger picture the higher you climb, and the brighter it becomes as you break through the clouds.

The higher your vibrational frequency, the more you are able to comprehend because you are allowing a greater Flow of Life Force through your mind and body. Vibrational frequency depends on the amount of Life Force you are channeling through you. Life Force can also be characterized as “God Energy and Intelligence.” Yet another word for this phenomenon is Love, which is the essence of Source, and is continually emanating from Source.

The lower your vibrational frequency, the less you are able to comprehend because your ego is restricting the Flow of Life Force/God Energy and Intelligence/Love through your mind and body. Your fearful ego uses judgment and resistance to choke off the Flow. To override your ego, non-resistance and a commitment to allowing Love to flow through you no matter what is required.

The more you are allowing the essence of the Creator to flow through your mind and body, the higher you are in vibrational frequency and the more creative ideas you have and the more authentic empowerment you experience and can utilize.

The lower you are in vibrational frequency, the less creative ideas and empowerment you experience and can utilize because your ego is choking off the flow and allowing less of the essence of the Creator to flow through your mind and body.

Higher vibrational frequency not only makes you wiser and more powerful, it moves you out of struggle, turmoil and pain, and places you in the realm of joy, ease, peace, and harmony. So the key to claiming wisdom, creativity, and empowerment and every possible blessing-is in raising your vibrational frequency, which is done by allowing more Love to flow.

When you operate from this knowledge, your life will be totally revolutionized and there is nothing you can’t be, do, or have!

The Life Force of Sacred Sites

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Earth Energy, Ley Lines and Vortex Energy

Shirley Maclain

It can’t be seen or tasted and it doesn’t have an odor. But, the effects of Earth energy can be experienced in all of those ways. It isn’t loud, but it can be heard. It can’t be touched, but it can definitely be felt.

Our ancestors knew that ley lines, earth grids and vortexes were energy sources and centers that were to be considered holy. They knew that Mother Earth supplied their physical needs, cured their ills and balanced their spirit. Mother Earth had also supplied the invisible forces of Earth energy. They respected the strength of these unseen powers and knew they were a place to heal physical, emotional and spiritual pain. Used as a place of communion with the Creator, our ancestors knew that these energy points uplifted the group or individual consciousness and fortified the soul.

Today, in this fast-paced, technology-oriented, loud 21st Century, science refers to these sacred energy centers as geophysical anomalies. As an anomaly, science has the responsibility of attempting to define and label the physics of the energy centers. This has been attempted all around the globe by measuring magnetic fields and electrical impulses that may or may not be present in the area. More often than not, geophysicists and science in general have not been able to explain why things are the way they are. The scientific community, however, has been able to shed some light on ley lines, grids and vortexes, even if they do not fully understand why certain things happen. These scientific acknowledgments include: unexplainable biochemical changes that occur when a person is at one of these centers and the fact that the energy centers and paths are all heavily charged with negative ions, even in the most arid climate conditions.

The oddity about using science and technology to determine what happens at these energy centers is that the technology to make this determination already exists within each and every individual. Every person relates and reacts differently to a different energy location and these personal reactions cannot be measured categorized by technology. In fact, to achieve the most accurate measurement we need to take a step backward and learn from our ancestors.

The power and strength of a ley line, earth grid or vortex can only be determined on an individualistic basis by the physical body utilizing the spirit as the conductor and the mind as the translator.

Ley Lines

Rhythms of energy. All living things emit these unseen influences. We sense them intuitively and logically, even if we can’t see them. When a magnet attracts iron filings we can’t see the cause, but we can see the result and in turn know the energy exists.

Ley Lines transmit or receive energies around the globe…”

Earth is a living being and many of these invisible dynamics that the Earth emits interact between a human being and the planet. One such unseen force is ley lines. Sometimes called telluric pathways, ley lines are often not easily recognized. Some have compared ley lines to the acupuncture meridians of the human body. Certain points on the body are energy centers that transmit or receive strength to or from other locations. Ley lines transmit or receive energies around the globe.

When these pathways were mapped in England at the beginning of the 21st Century they appeared to connect one holy shrine to another. The ancients of each civilization knew the paths of the ley lines and how to amplify the already abundant energy. Native cultures in the Americas called them the Spirit Path. The Chinese understood them to be a balance between the yin and the yang and the Aborigines of Australia called them Song Lines. Our ancestors often traveled the pathways in solitude, allowing communion between their physical, mental and spiritual being and the Divine. They knew that when these energies interacted with the body’s physical makeup the traveler often experienced a feeling of enhanced self awareness and a sense of centered spirituality.

So it was on the Camino

Vortex Energy

Vortex. The word brings to mind a spiraling energy, such as a tornado or water going down a drain. But vortex earth energy is very different because the energy of a vortex is multifaceted. An earth energy vortex can be electrical, magnetic, or electromagnetic. And even those terms are a bit misleading. A magnetic vortex doesn’t mean that the energy is literally a magnetic field, nor is an electrical vortex the carrier of electrical current. These names actually reflect the effect of the energy found at a specific vortex point. An electrical vortex is an energizing, activating location. A magnetic vortex attracts energy much as a magnet attracts iron filings. Electromagnetic vortexes combine the qualities of both types to provide an energy that attracts, activates and energizes.

Even though a vortex is considered by science as a geophysical anomaly, indigenous peoples from all areas of the world, knew of vortex energy and revered these locations as sacred sites. The ancients knew how to work with a vortex to achieve a better understanding of self and of spirit. They also knew that vortex energy held the potential to help heal mind, body and spirit.

Somewhere in our history we have set these old traditions aside, feeling that we no longer needed them. We were wrong. Now, many of us are trying to find and reawaken the communicative harmony that naturally exists between human, Earth energy and Creation. Vortex energy is only one of many Earth energy sources that may complete this trine.

The Scale of Consciousness


The Scale of Consciousness was first illustrated by Dr. David Hawkins in his book “Power vs. Force”. He showed that consciousness, and therefore each human emotion has a vibration in the exact same way that matter does.

Heavy emotions like Fear, Anger or Shame vibrate at low frequencies. But feelings like Love, Joy and Peace vibrate at high, uplifting frequencies.

One of the most interesting things discovered about energy is that your energetic frequency can affect the energetic frequencies of those around you. For example, one person operating at a level of 500, which is Love, can lift 750,000 other people to the level above 200.


Further supporting evidence, done by many other researchers and Universities, shows that it’s not just other people you can affect with your vibration… but also other objects and even your reality!

What Does Spiritual Mean?

What Does Spiritual Mean?

Today, when attaining spirituality has become more of a fad rather than something all human beings should strive for, having been given the privilege of being called “humans”, its essential that you know what does spiritual mean and what are its benefits. In order to know what does spirituality mean, you have to first of all quell all the misconceptions associated with it.

What Does Spiritual Growth Mean

Many people hold this belief that just because they go to church everyday and pray regularly, they have become spiritual. Following a religion and performing prayers, no doubt, is one of the ways to connect with oneself, but on its own, being religious does not make one a spiritual person. So, if you are wondering, “what does spiritual but not religious mean?” It simply means that a spiritual person can be religious but its not necessary that a religious person be spiritual.

Next, we move on to another highly held belief regarding what does spiritual mean. Some people feel, in order to be considered a spiritual person, you should give up your family life, your possessions and everything dear to you. And that you should go to some faraway mountain and pray, only then you will attain salvation and become spiritual. This again is just a misconception. To be spiritual does not mean that you cut away from everything. On the contrary, spiritualism actually makes us understand how we are part of this whole universe and that each one of us has its own place in it. You may read more on finding your place in the universe. Spiritualism tells us that all our actions and thoughts, whether positive or negative, ultimately affect us and everybody else around us because we are all, after all, an interconnected whole!

Now that we know what all does not count as being spiritual, let’s try to understand what does spiritual mean and how can one attain spiritual growth. Well, to put it simply, being spiritual means to be kind and caring for ourselves, the living beings we know and also for the living being we do not know. Our kindness should not only be reflected through our actions, but through our words and thoughts as well. So, there might be a person who religiously goes to church every day or meditates, but if he does not love himself or his fellow beings, if he is selfish, judgmental or has even a slightest hint of negativity in him, it means that he is not spiritual. More on self improvement.

So, what does spiritual mean? It means to inculcate love, truthfulness, positive thinking, peace, kindness and happiness within ourselves. It means to realize that everybody – all humans, animals, insects, plants and all other living beings are connected to one another. So, if any harm is done, or wished upon on any of these, the others are bound to be affected. That’s why, in order to be spiritual, a person needs to be helping, caring and considerate of others and thus, choose his actions, words and thoughts consciously. You may further go to finding and celebrating spirituality in the mundane.

After understanding what does spiritual mean, one thing you must have realized that spirituality is not something which will come to you in a flash. So, no amount of praying or joining any religious group or Yoga meditation, is going to make you spiritual. Spirituality is something which you choose to be, by being helpful, caring and kind to others. The day you feel that you wish happiness and success to even those whom you once considered your enemies, the day you feel that you have forgiven those who hurt you once, the day you have only kind and good thoughts, that’s when you will be considered spiritual in the true sense.

The Spiritual Energy of Ordinary Things

The Spiritual Energy of Ordinary Things

By Julie Redstone

Each of us is far more powerful than we believe ourselves to be. For the small, unseen gestures of hand, heart, and body carry a spiritual energy that continually affects the world in which we live.

Each gesture that we make with our physical bodies has an effect that is much more far reaching than would appear.

Everything carries vibration, and the vibration of a simple handshake or of a smile carries a spiritual energy that ripples out into the universe to bless it and to add to its positive feeling and content. By contrast, when we withhold gestures of friendship, we express an energy of contraction and separation that has a similar rippling effect.

In this sense, each of us is totally transparent to the life of the spiritual world and much more powerful in creating effects than we believe ourselves to be. For it is not only the more noticeable actions that we might take that achieve success in the world. It is also the small, unseen gestures of hand, heart, and body that affect the vast spiritual network in which we live, creating a successful outcome when they help uplift the world and contribute to its healing.

The consciousness of oneself as a spiritual being grows within heart and mind in progressive stages of self-revelation. At one stage, it may be related to knowledge of oneself as having a relationship with the spiritual world, with God, or with the divine Presence within the world in which we live. At another, it may be experienced as an awareness of ourselves as souls and of others as souls, joined in a sacred dance of life. Yet both kinds of awareness can become more detailed and more embodied. They can become an expression of our own, intimate clairvoyance which allows us to see and to know the energetic effect of whatever we do.

The important principle here is that everything carries energy. Everything has a vibration of a spiritual nature. We are never invisible, and we are never disengaged from making an impact on the rest of life. Since this is true, it becomes imperative that we consider what effect we wish to have on life, for this contributes not only to the well-being of others, but also to the effect that life will have upon us, for what we give, we shall receive. The effect that we choose will color our lives far more than any seemingly random event that appears to occur by chance. Our interaction with life, consciously chosen, will create a lens through which all of life is viewed, including all events which might enter our life that appear to be accidental or serendipitous.

When we choose to create a positive effect in life, to let every gesture be an expression of love and of a desire to participate in a sacred world, we ourselves are uplifted by this intention and can know beyond the shadow of a doubt that the world is also uplifted by our intention. The fact that this intention is invisible is only true at the level of the physical. In terms of spiritual energy, our intentions are very visible to those who can see or feel spiritual energy, and we live constantly in a matrix of such energetic interactions.

Think of the ordinary gestures of the most ordinary of days – washing, cleaning, driving, walking, carrying, holding, listening, writing…

Now imagine that while engaged in any of these, that a subtle spiritual energy is emanating from you to the rest of the universe, proceeding outward in waves from the physical body that is the point of emanation, and the heart that is the point of feeling. See what quality of consciousness you can bring to these simple things – to the very ordinary things of life, for in this decision lies a world of meaning and a world of accomplishment – the accomplishment of having determined to live a life that is sacred and that upholds the intimate connection that it has with the rest of Life.

The Importance of Breathing Correctly

Breathing for Life


 Life is but a series of breaths. Breath is life. We can live a long time without food, a couple of days without drinking, but life without breath is measured in minutes. Something so essential deserves our attention. Breath is the most important of all the bodily functions. Proper breathing is one of the most important things you can do for maintaining your health. There is a right way and a wrong way to breathe. Children breathe deeply, from their diaphragm. As we age, however, our breathing shifts to the chest and becomes more shallow and more rapid. Deep breathing is best. I recommend taking a few minutes each day to practice breathing deeply. You’ll find a breathing exercise at the end of this page to help you learn to breathe more deeply throughout the day. Deep breathing and the lymph system Deep breathing is important because it makes your lymphatic system work better. What is the lymph system? Some people think of it as the body’s sewage system. Every cell in your body is surrounded by lymph. Here’s how the lymph system works: Blood is pumped from your heart through your arteries to the thin, porous capillaries. The blood carries nutrients and oxygen to the capillaries, where they are diffused into this fluid around the cells called lymph.


The cells, having an intelligence or affinity for what they need, take nutrients and oxygen for their health and then excrete toxins, some of which go back into the capillaries. But dead cells, blood proteins, and other toxic material must be removed by the lymphatic system. And the lymphatic system is activated by deep breathing. The body’s cells depend on the lymphatic system as the only way to drain off the large toxic materials and excess fluid, which restrict the amount of oxygen that the cells are able to absorb. The fluid passes through the lymph nodes, where dead cells and all other poisons except blood proteins are destroyed and neutralized. How important is the lymphatic system? If it were totally shut down for 24 hours, you would die as the result of trapped blood proteins and excess fluid around the cells. In addition to deep breathing, rebounding on a mini-trampoline is another great way to stimulate your lymph system.

 The lymph collected throughout the body drains into the blood through 2 ducts located at the base of the neck, ultimately ending up in the ‘thoracic duct’. Breathing drives this action. If you take a deep breath and exhale deeply, you’re massaging the thoracic duct upward into the neck so that the fluid flows abundantly. This duct empties the lymph into the veins, where it becomes part of the blood plasma. From there, the lymph returns to the liver for metabolization, and finally to the kidneys for filtering. Did you know that the lymphatic system is twice the size of our other circulatory system? It’s true. Twice as much lymph as blood is present in our bodies, and we have twice as many lymph vessels as blood vessels. One of the keys to health is to keep your lymphatic system open and flowing freely. As most readers probably know, most of the body is made up of water. Part of the water resides in the bloodstream, but far more is in the lymphatic system.

Our cells are located in a sea of lymph, a pale fluid. Like the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system is made up of channels, valves and filters, or nodes. Unlike the cardiovascular system, however, the lymphatic system lacks any central “heart-like” organ to pump lymph throughout the lymph vessels. Instead, the lymphatic system depends on muscular movement, simple gravity and BREATHING to move lymph fluid throughout the body. When the lymphatic system is flowing freely everything is well. When the lymphatic system backs up, however, there’s trouble. The consequences can be serious, even life-threatening. Not only are the repair, building and waste disposal systems affected by a disruption, the body’s defenses against foreign substances are also impaired. In addition to filtering out toxic materials, the lymph nodes also produce substances which fight off invading bacteria and viruses and destroy abnormal cells which developed within the body, such as cancer cells. In addition to being part of the body’s plumbing and repair system, the lymphatic system is an essential part of our immune system. The lymphatic system is as essential to bodily function as the bloodstream it complements. “To keep it clear, you need to increase its drainage capacity or reduce its intake of toxins. I suggest doing both – through diet, stress reduction, exercise and deep breathing.

Pranamaya: A simple breathing exercise you can use in your daily routine Are you willing to invest just 5 minutes a day in a breathing exercise which will produce immediate and significant benefits? The ayurvedic breathing technique known as “Pranayama” is a tremendously beneficial practice for your health and it’s free. Ayurveda and Transcendental Meditation have helped me make marked improvements in not only my health and behavior but all aspects of my life. I highly recommend you look into it . The neti pot is another practice which may help you improve your breathing for better health.


Heartbreak Syndrome

Docs: Heartbreak More Than a Metaphor

Associated Press

 Confirming the wisdom of the poets and philosophers, doctors say the sudden death of a loved one really can cause a broken heart. In fact, they have dubbed the condition “broken heart syndrome.” In a study published just in time for Valentine’s Day (search), doctors reported how a tragic or shocking event can stun the heart and produce classic heart attack-like symptoms, including chest pain, shortness of breath and fluid in the lungs. Unlike a heart attack, the condition is reversible. Patients often are hospitalized but typically recover within days after little more than bedrest and fluids, and they suffer no permanent damage to their hearts. In their study, published in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine (search), doctors at Johns Hopkins University (search) gave a name to the condition, demonstrated through sophisticated heart tests how it differs from a heart attack, and offered an explanation for what causes it. For centuries, doctors have known that emotional shocks can trigger heart attacks and sudden deaths. Broken heart syndrome, technically known as stress cardiomyopathy, is a different phenomenon. The Johns Hopkins doctors documented how a dayslong surge of adrenaline and other stress hormones can cause a decline in the heart’s pumping capacity. The researchers theorized that the hormones probably cause tiny heart blood vessels to contract, but other explanations are possible. Until now, doctors “were trying to explain it away, but the pieces never quite fit,” said Dr. Hunter Champion, an assistant professor. “By our ability to recognize it, we’ve saved people from getting unnecessary (heart) procedures.” Champion and colleagues treated 19 emergency room patients with the syndrome between 1999 and 2003. For reasons that are not entirely clear, nearly all of them were postmenopausal women. Many were grieving over the death of a husband, parent or child. Other triggers included a surprise party, car accident, armed robbery, fierce argument, court appearance and fear of public speaking. MRIs and other tests showed they had not suffered heart attacks. Other doctors have since told Champion that they have seen the same thing, and researchers in Japan and Minnesota have reported similar cases. “This is probably something that happens all the time,” but most people do not seek treatment, Champion said. Dr. Daniel Shindler, director of the echocardiography lab at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J., said it apparently happened to his wife last week, when she was upset over her sister’s death. The wife, who also is a doctor, sensed abnormalities in her heart. Testing showed abnormal rhythms, but she is fine now. Shindler said the researchers’ conclusions make sense, given the well-known link between the brain and heart, and offer the first explanation he has heard for the phenomenon. Dr. Sidney Smith, former American Heart Association president and director of University of North Carolina’s Center for Cardiovascular Science and Medicine, said the study will lead more ER and heart doctors to consider the syndrome when examining patients with chest pain. “We’ll definitely be paying more attention now than before” to patients who are grieving, Shindler said.

The Law of Receiving


Sadiyya Patel

The Law Of Receiving is fourth of the 11 Forgotten Laws. The 11 Forgotten Laws are 11 Universal Laws that need to be integrated into our lives in order to succeed. The Law Of Attraction is one of these Universal Laws.

The Law Of Receiving is actually composed of 2 parts – Giving Freely & Being open to receiving the blessings that will come your way through unselfish giving. The Law Of Receiving states that in order to receive we must be willing to give. This applies to every area of our lives, not just money.

Most people work with The Law Of Receiving in reverse. They say “After I get, then I will give.” But The Law Of Receiving doesn’t work that way. We need to give first, and then we will start to receive.

But we need to give in a specific manner in order for us to get the best returns. When we give away our time, effort and money to help others, we must ensure that we give to deserving candidates. Only help those who are prepared to help themselves, not to parasites or loafers.

Giving also needs to be done in an organized manner, rather than haphazardly or sporadically. For example, you may give away 10% of your monthly income to the charity of your choice. The important thing is not the percentage, but that the you give regularly and systematically.

Another area of our lives where we can apply The Law Of Receiving is in our business lives. We need to focus on giving our clients and customers something of value in the services and products that we provide. If we keep the question “How can I provide the best value to my customers/clients/members of my list?” then money will take care of itself.

Once you give, then you need to be prepare yourself to receive. This shows your faith, strengthens your expectation and removes doubt and fear. The first area of our lives that we need to let go of is with our goals and dreams. Have you ever heard the expression “Let go & let God?” This means that you have to do what you can to work toward your goal or dream and then completely release any anxiety about the outcome. Let God take over and give you the favorable outcome that you want. Just as you relax and trust that the food will soon arrive once you have placed an order at a restaurant, relax and trust God to help you to achieve your heartfelt desires.

Prepare yourself to receive by making yourself receptive. You can show your active faith by preparing yourself to receive your goal. Let’s say, for example, you want a particular house. You’ve done what you can to get it, but the outcome is still uncertain. Start preparing to receive it by starting to pack up your belongings to move or buying certain items for the new home. These steps will help to renew your faith and trust that what you want will surely arrive.