Haiti And How To Use The Energy Of Prayer And Love To Create Miracles…

February 24, 2010 · Filed Under Everything Is Energy, The Power of Prayer · Comment 

“When we send the energy of love and compassion to another person, it doesn’t matter if they know we are sending it. The important thing is that the energy is there and the heart of love is there and is being sent out into the world. When love and compassion are present in us, and we send them outward, then that is truly prayer.”  ~Thich Nhat Hahn, The Energy of Prayer

As a researcher of prayer and healing, I encourage you not to underestimate the power of prayer. Prayer is energy – and loving energy, at that. It is that simple. It can be directed to go anywhere you wish. I have been praying for those trapped in demolished buildings since the day the earthquake hit Haiti. You can pray for the well being of the island, for those who have lost their lives, for those souls trapped within buildings, for the children who have no parent and for those who have lost other family members.

Prayer represents your thoughts in the form of loving energy. The more prayers offered, the more loving energy is projected in the direction of the one for whom you pray. It helps to visualize what you are praying for and to also pray from a feel good, higher energetic place of vibration, such as from gratitude or giving thanks (in advance) for your answered prayer rather than from a lack or need of something.

Einstein’s words are relevant here:  “There are only two ways of looking at the world. One is as though nothing is a miracle and the other is as though everything is a miracle. I prefer the latter.”  Miracles are a function of love, and prayer is the medium for miracles. Allow yourself to be inspired by miraculous stories; breathe deeply, creating stillness, and visualize your heart filling with love. Then, while breathing deeply, see, in your mind’s eye, this love traveling to all people in Haiti. When the heart is filled with the energy of love and deliberately focused on a person or place, there is an energetic shift and healing is expedited.

In Touched by the Extraordinary, I wrote that prayer is something you can put in your back pocket, metaphorically. Whether you are in your car, at your kitchen table, in the shower, at a basketball or baseball game or practice watching your kids, or sitting at your workplace, take a few deep, warm, healing breaths, and in the silence you are creating, visualize your heart filling with love, and ask in prayer that your love be sent to those children and adults – and souls no longer physically present – and that it serve their highest good.

You can even visualize the Haitian children and adults being infused with and wrapped in a warm blanket of your love, and ask that they be blessed in all ways. You can’t go wrong with this. Even saying the simple prayer of “Please, God (or whoever your source may be), bless those in need in Haiti (or you can be more specific). It all works because it is being sent with the intention of love and because it is pure loving energy. Loving intention is a key factor in creating miracles.

Along with your intentional offering of prayers, you can, of course, collect needed items for the Haitian people, as well as donate whatever you can and participate in a myriad of volunteer assistance programs. Be aware, however, that the gift of you offering your love in the form of prayer is extraordinarily powerful in bringing about a restored sense of wholeness, balance and healing for the people, their country, for you and even for the planet. Such is the power of loving, healing intention and prayer.

Susan Barbara Apollon

Author of “Touched By The Extraordinary”
& Intuition Is Easy & Fun

©2010 Susan Barbara Apollon

Finding Bliss, Unconditional Love & Making Miracles Are Among The Gifts Of The Haitian Crises

February 20, 2010 · Filed Under The Power of Love · Comment 

“It’s a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done."  Harriet Beecher Stowe

As a psychologist who works with those dealing with some of life’s greatest challenges, I have learned that the paradox of life is that we often come to see our difficult circumstances as “gifts” and that this perspective is a gift in itself because it allows for wonderful experiences, such a miracles, to occur. Haiti has been such a gift for us. It gives us opportunities to choose love, the highest of energies, leaving us in a state of miraculous bliss.

When terrible things happen, we are given a choice: to do the right thing – or not. Have you noticed how good you feel when you do what you know to be “the right thing” ? The events in Haiti motivate us to listen to our Higher, Intuitive Guidance, yielding a feeling of satisfaction that is comparable to that of joy. We just need to learn to listen and act on that.

For example, one woman in our community listened to her intuitive wisdom and began a collection of crutches for those people in Haiti who have fractured, amputated or lost legs. No doubt here that she is experiencing gifts which include a huge sense of bliss and satisfaction in knowing that there will be many who, thanks to receiving these crutches, will have greater mobility and a better chance of making it through difficult times.

Life can move so rapidly at times, be so filled with minutia and so overwhelming with responsibilities, that we lose touch with what feeds our soul, causing us to forget our priorities, which are, of course, people and love.  The gift of the Haitian earthquake is that we are given a wakeup call which reminds us that we are all one, a part of the Oneness, and the only thing that matters is unconditional Love. An extension of this gift is that we are given opportunities to do something wonderful (such as being of service), which further contributes to our feeling true bliss.

The telethons for Haiti raised more money than ever before because all of us, from all walks of life, and all ages, have been touched and reminded that we are a brotherhood. The gift of this is that we are able to make the power of unconditional Love work for both the Haitians and for ourselves.. This was the first time that teens were able to participate and enjoy the heartwarming feeling of knowing their contribution could help fellow human beings make it through the worst of times. Imagine the sense of integrity and dignity felt by these young people! Talk about gifts!

Finally, when you are faced with a challenge and find that you can rise to the occasion, by making a difference in the lives of others, you discover that you are not alone. Indeed, you find that you are a part of a community which is also loving, kind, caring and compassionate. We all want the same thin: to know that we are loved and to love.  We like knowing that we belong to a caring group of souls who think and feel as we do.  How comforting this is!

When you choose to express your love, to give to your brothers and sisters, regardless of their religion, politics or any other difference, you feel you are a part of something greater, larger and more meaningful. The gift here is that you are given a sense of purpose..

A personal example I would like to share with you demonstrates the gift of the situation.. Several members of my family and I are privileged to be a part of a medical mission which will soon take us to the Dominican Republic and possibly to serve the Haitian refugees at the border, a well. We have received the gift of supplies from medical and dental firms, along with offers and purchases of small toys and toiletries to take to the inhabitants of both the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Everyone, it seems, has been touched and wants to give and feel that their contributions are making a difference. I can actually feel the love coming from others; the energy is tangible, coming with the intention of unconditional Love, and very, very appreciated.

Susan Barbara Apollon

Author of “Touched By The Extraordinary”
& Intuition Is Easy & Fun

©2010 Susan Barbara Apollon 

Haiti Crises–Our Source Of Divine Inspiration In Manifesting Love, Bliss And Miracles

February 16, 2010 · Filed Under The Power of Compassion & Kindness · Comment 

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you are looking to experience bliss, manifest miracles, feel love and loved, then you need to turn to the events in Haiti. There you shall experience who you are and who we are, much of it good; some not so good. However, you will come away feeling inspired by what you have experienced, knowing that even in the most desperate of conditions, hope can and does sustain us, even yielding a miracle or two.

Consider the reporters you may have seen on CNN and other stations who have had tears in their eyes while attempting to do anything they could to help the survivors in Haiti – or think about the Haitians who worked tirelessly with their bare hands to free loved ones, and others they did not know, from the rubble of destroyed homes and all types of buildings, including schools, hotel, stores, hospitals and restaurants.

Remember also the inspirational scene of neurosurgeon and CNN reporter SanJay Gupta who chose to stay, by himself through the night– with just his television crew – with patients whose doctors were ordered to leave. It was deeply moving to see him and his staff caring for patients who had received surgery so that no one died during their watch.

I recall, as well, experiencing a myriad of emotions while watching one CNN reporter be a loving supportive presence for a young girl who was pulled from the rubble but who later became emotional upon learning that the girl had not survived her trip to the second of two hospitals. He was inspiring because he allowed himself to feel and express his pain, and then release it in order to go onto the next Haitians in need of help.

The photographers and reporters who traveled to Haiti to report what was happening have been exceptionally inspiring because, with the ongoing aftershocks, as well as the possibility of violence, this was and is a dangerous assignment. To avoid the possibility of further destruction and loss of life, many have chosen to live like the people, out in the open air..

The faith of the Haitians has often moved me to tears. While the majority could easily have chosen anger and violence, they, as a community, have chosen to pray and walk through the streets in their community, singing their prayers. The strength, faith and trust in a Higher Power have enabled the young and the old to manage the terrible loss of their homes, schools and loved ones. How beautiful it has been to see adults coming to the aid of children who have lost their parents and others who chose to share their very limited water and food with those who had none. Their courage and resiliency have inspired all of us!

A particularly moving and inspiring consequence to the Haitian crises has been the stunning response of the entertainment world. On several major television shows, one carried on most of the major networks, entertainers from all over the world came together to add their pleas for donations. We are all being moved, touched and inspired to give whatever we can so that the children and people of Haiti will be able to survive, and with their dignity intact.

I have been deeply touched and moved, as well as inspired by the manner in which Haitians have coped with their circumstances. I question if I could have handled everything as elegantly as most of them have. But, I do know that I think of them when things go wrong in my world and remember that nothing I am going through compares with their challenges. In doing this, I change my perspective, see that everything is relative and that I am extremely blessed – and relieved from any sense of being weighed down by what I thought was a significant problem. In this way, I seem to create my own mini miracles.

Question: Has your life been changed by taking the time to remember the Haitians situation, compared with yours? (To be continued.)

Susan Barbara Apollon

Author of “Touched By The Extraordinary”
& Intuition Is Easy & Fun

©2010 Susan Barbara Apollon

 

Crises In Haiti:The Choice For Love, Miracles, Inspiration And Bliss

February 8, 2010 · Filed Under The Power of Love · Comment 

“Only if we understand can we care. Only if we care will we help. Only if we help shall they be saved.”   ~ Jane Goodall

If you are looking for inspiration, miracles and feel good experiences, including bliss, then you have to look no further than the events in Haiti. Have you noticed that 9/11, Katrina, the tsunami and the earthquakes of Haiti have succeeded in uniting us as a country and as a world community in ways that no other force has been able to achieve.  In simple terms, events that take our breath away, inspire each of us to make the choice for love which, in turn, leads to our experiencing an extraordinary sense of well-being and bliss.

Just think for a moment about recent weeks in which you have been traumatized, inspired, transformed and even able to experience your own healing as you stayed glued to your television, watching both the horror of the destruction of almost an entire nation, as well as the attempts to rescue those caught in the rubble of the destroyed homes and buildings. The turn of the clock and the shaking of the earth have forever changed the poorest country in the northern hemisphere, while, at the same time, deeply touching the heartstrings of the rest of us.

Have you wondered why it is that we are moved to choose to respond with love? The answer rests in part with Albert Einstein and his quantum physicist colleagues. Einstein believed that since everything is energy (and all energy vibrates), and love is among the highest of energies, we honestly are thy brother’s keeper. In other words, given that we can energetically merge with one another (because we are pure energy), the only way to treat one another is with compassion, love and kindness. Catastrophic events such as the colossal destruction in Haiti quickly remind us that we are a brotherhood, that we are in this together, and, therefore, we have a responsibility to care compassionately and lovingly for one another. That is what brothers, sisters and families do, isn’t it?

After all, there is an old saying that goes something like this: “ If not for the Grace of God, that could be me.” Haiti reminds us that we, too, could be in a similar situation. Mother Nature does not always give us advance warning. We identify with the pain of these people; we know it could be us in need of help at some point in the future. And, yes, as Einstein believed, we are thy brother’s keeper.

The fascinating paradox about a catastrophic event is that as horrible as it is, it provides opportunities for people everywhere to rise to an inspirational level of being the best they can be. As we choose to follow our hearts, do what feels right and behave lovingly, we create miracles and miracles feel good and blissful! (To be continued…)

Susan Barbara Apollon

Author of “Touched By The Extraordinary”
& Intuition Is Easy & Fun

©2010 Susan Barbara Apollon