New Perspective

April 9, 2015 · Filed Under Seeds for the Soul · Comment 

"A whole new perspective about your life and purpose develops as you allow your heart to open…"

~Susan Barbara Apollon
©2015 & Beyond

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 Sense Of Expectation And Gratitude

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Manage your Own Feelings And Thoughts

March 25, 2015 · Filed Under Seeds for the Soul · Comment 

"The moment you understand that you can manage only your own feelings and thoughts, you will find power you didn’t know you had."

~Susan Barbara Apollon
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 You Are Extraordinary

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An Extraordinary Story of Hope…

January 5, 2015 · Filed Under Healing Stories · Comment 

For the New Year
AN EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF HOPE:
LOVE IS ETERNAL & WE DO NOT DIE

 

As I write this, I wonder how many of you are thinking about the loved ones in your life who are no longer physically here. The holidays, beginning with Thanksgiving through the New Year are times when we become more aware of the fragility of life – as we are frequently reminded of our losses. Every meal, decoration, activity and, often, individuals in our lives are tied to the memory of those we love and times we have shared with them. Our hearts immediately fill with a sense of heaviness and sadness.

I am no different than you. My mom and dad both died between the 26th and 29th of December. Like many of you, my body usually remembers this before my mind. I find that my emotions seem to overwhelm me. Beginning at Thanksgiving and throughout December, I think about and miss them much more.

But, the reason I choose to write this – for each of you – is to offer you reassurance that your loved ones are with you whenever you need them to be. I know, from my research dealing with Consciousness and Energy and my clinical work with patients, that though the physical body passes, the spirit of loved ones is around whenever needed and that we have the ability to connect with their spirit when we choose.

Touched by the Extraordinary Books One and Two are both filled with true stories of loved ones who continue to communicate with family members and friends. There is one story that you need to know – which has not yet been told. It is the story of my sweet, dear patient, Marissa (a pseudonym). She would have given me permission to share this, had she lived, as she had with other stories. In this case, it is her husband, Dave (a pseudonym), who has shared this with me, so that others may have the hope they need.

Despite being a valiant fighter, Marissa died in August of this year. Because I had the privilege of working with her for the past two years, I was able to see, first hand, how committed she was to healing her body, mind and spirit. Had you known her, you would have loved her – and deeply admired her wise and courageous spirit. She was spunky, pure love, caring, creative, warm, bright, and always, always made you feel special.

Working with Marissa was both an honor and a responsibility. She was eager to gain clarity about what she needed to heal emotionally, mentally and spiritually and expedite her own physical healing. She and her husband were eager to understand the energetic impact of her unresolved, childhood issues on her adult experiences and her health. During the time we worked together, she grew enormously in spiritual understanding, enabling her to experience greater peace, balance and well-being.

As you can imagine, losing Marissa took an enormous toll on Dave. Though he was spiritually in a better place, he missed her physical presence. When two people have been together for several decades, they are as one… in their thoughts, activities — almost everything. Dave felt the emptiness within his heart, home and life without his Marissa. He had no one with whom to share his thoughts, plans, activities and his heart.

Before Marissa died, she and Dave had a conversation in which Marissa asked Dave what he would want in his life, should she die. He answered her truthfully (anticipating the devastating loneliness he would feel), saying that if he were to go on without Marissa, he would want to have a woman like her – a companion who was his lover, best friend and confidant. While initially upset, Marissa understood this.

In the months following Marissa's death, she has provided Dave and her family with many signs of her presence, including the presence of butterflies, ladybugs and the occurrence of numerous stunning synchronicities. Additionally, Dave has been blessed to be able to work with several gifted healers and intuitives who have enabled numerous ongoing communications with Marissa.

The beauty of these synchronicities and communications is that Marissa has let Dave know she remains with him, despite the loss of her physicality- and that she is determined to care for him. During one of the meetings with an intuitive, Marissa told Dave that she had selected someone very special for him. She emphasized that he needed to be patient because time was needed for him to heal his grief. But, she indicated that in the months to come, in one of the spiritual classes he was taking, he would be meeting the woman she had chosen for him.

Recently, almost six months after Marissa's passing, Dave came into our session, appearing to be more relaxed, more at peace and happier. He explained that he was sure he had met the woman of whom Marissa had "spoken." And, they met in a spiritual class they were both taking! This woman has also experienced the death of her spouse.

Why was he sure this was the right woman? It was due to the circumstances in which he met her – and one other reason. Dave was at a loss without Marissa. He was struggling to deal with the chaos brought on by her passing; Marissa had brought order to their life, business and home. In one of their meetings, Marissa acknowledged that Dave needed help with organizing his life and that she would help. The woman he has met has expertise in organization skills and she, too, will be helping Dave get back on his feet.

Dave, a man of some skepticism, has found that these two occurrences validate for him the Truth that his Marissa is really with him, tenderly and lovingly watching over him, her children and grandchildren.

I share this story with you to provide you with hope for the difficult losses you may sustain this year and for those you have suffered in the past year. You and I and our loved ones are eternal… and it is that love that maintains the connection. Open your heart to this possibility and you will be blessed with more and more miracles in your life!

Wishing you abundant good health, happiness and peace throughout 2015 and beyond.  

With Love,    

Susan Barbara Apollon          

Story of Hope              

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Holidays: A Time For Miracles And Booksignings

December 1, 2012 · Filed Under Creating Miracles, The Power of Love · Comment 

A Thanksgiving Miracle

Anna* (a pseudonym) wrote to me at Thanksgiving, sharing a beautiful story of how her recently deceased husband found a creative way to say "Hello" and "I love you." Briefly, Anna explained that she had deeply missed and grieved for her husband over the holiday weekend, especially because the holiday was also his birthday. Feeling particularly heartbroken, she shed many tears as she visited his gravesite at the cemetery.

When she awoke the following morning, she walked into the hallway of her home where her precious dog, Jenny*, was asleep on the floor. In her words, "Low and behold, she had a white feather on the top of her front leg. Oh my God! I ran to get my camera, took the picture which shows an orb with three circles within the long strand (of the orb). Of course, I really started crying then, but what an amazing gift for me!" Feathers have become one of the primary ways her husband communicates his presence to her; this was particularly meaningful and miraculous for Anna.

Anna’s story helped her feel better and had a healing effect. Her story is similar to those in both Touched by the Extraordinary: Books One and Two. I feel that if it helped her heal, it can help you, as well.


 

ANNOUNCING 2 HOLIDAY BOOKSIGNINGS 
AT BARNES & NOBLE  

210 Commerce Blvd., Fairless Hills, PA 19030

I will be signing copies of Touched by the Extraordinary:
Books One and Two

I will also be offering a special gift of one of my CDs as my way of saying
"Thank you" from my heart for your purchase.

The CD can also be given as a holiday gift, if you so choose.


A PERSONAL NOTE: Each year, thanks to your ongoing belief in the healing value of Touched by the Extraordinary: Books One and Two, you have spread the word and encouraged those who are seeking hope to read either or both of the Touched by the Extraordinary books.

Born out of the stories of miracles you and so many patients, friends and others have shared with me, Touched by the Extraordinary Books One and Two have provided hope, comfort and inspiration to those of you who personally are — or have loved ones who are challenged by illness, loss and trauma.

Each Chanukah and Christmas, I experience the joy of knowing, thanks to the wonderful feedback I have received, that there are many whose pain and suffering are in some way being mitigated by reading or listening to the extraordinary stories that have helped my patients and so many others heal emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Please consider letting those who are dealing with any kind of loss or illness know about these special dates at Barnes & Noble, so that I might sign books for them, as well as for them to give as special uplifting gifts for the holidays.

*I will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of both books to The Healing Consciousness Foundation, created by breast cancer surgeon, Dr. Beth DuPree, to provide complementary services to women challenged by breast cancer.

I look forward to meeting and speaking with you in person.

In the meantime, may each day be one of joy and peace for you and your loved ones.

Blessings of Peace, Love & Miracles,

Susan Apollon


©2012SusanBarbaraApollon 

 

Miracle of Giving

How to Experience Bliss and Heal Body, Mind & Spirit & Loss by Choosing Compassion, Kindness and Love(#2)

July 8, 2010 · Filed Under Purpose of Life · Comment 

 

"Where there is Love, there is Life."

Mohandas Gandhi

At this time of the year, we have many reasons to celebrate. Graduations, weddings, anniversaries, special vacations and even retirements tend to happen more during the months of May, June, July and August than any other time of the year! We are provided with so many opportunities to share in the joy of our loved ones, and, in so doing, we get to experience personal joy, as well. Taking time to attend an important event of a friend or family member is a powerful way of saying  “I love you.” and “You are important in my life.” It is an expression of choosing Compassion, Kindness and Love.

There are times in our lives, however, when our friendship and personal relationships ask more from us and we are placed in positions of having to truly “walk the talk” of being the  compassionate, caring and kind friend or loved one that we have always thought ourselves to be.

A beautiful example of this is that of Madonna Siles, author of Brain, Heal Thyself: A Caregiver’s New Approach to Recovery from Stroke, Aneurysm, and Traumatic Brain Injuries and Eureka! Memories and Motivations: A Strategy for Creating a Healing Home for the Stroke/Brain Injury Patient and Caregiver. Madonna has become one of my real heroes, demonstrating what Compassion, Perseverance and Love are really about.

I first heard Madonna speak when she was a guest, along with neurosurgeon, Mark McLaughlin, on The Medical View: Where East Meets West, a superb radio show hosted by Dr. Beth DuPree, Dr. Amy Harvey and Dr. Deidre Walsh, on 860 AM  WWBD Philadelphia, Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00am.  Rarely have I been as touched by the selfless actions of one human being as I was upon hearing about Madonna’s successful efforts to rescue her dear friend from the abyss of a devastating aneurysm and brain injury.

Try to imagine that you and your dearest friend have moved to a new home, a place where you have no support system and your friends live hundreds of miles away, and your dearest friend suddenly has an exploding aneurysm, leaving her in what appears to be almost a “vegetable” condition. You have limited financial resources – and not enough for a long nursing home/rehabilitative stay. What do you do?

Do you choose to stay to provide tedious and difficult caretaking of your friend? Or, do you do what social workers and healthcare professionals recommend–gather your belongings and get as far away from the situation as is possible?

The decision was not one with which Madonna had to struggle, despite the consequential hardship she knew she would have to endure .She resolved to repurpose a few years of her life in order to be the caretaker and, more importantly, the rehabilitator of her good friend, Eve.

But Madonna, who holds no advanced or medical degrees, was able to accomplish so much more than anyone in the health field could have imagined. Thanks to Madonna placing her trust in her Higher Power, relying on her intuition as to how to employ motivational methods to reach Eve’s subconscious mind and integrating the wisdom of the twelve step program into her rehabilitative process, Madonna has enabled Eve to make a stunning and almost full recovery. 

If you or anyone you know is dealing with recovery from stroke, aneurysm or brain injury, Madonna’s book, Brain, Heal Thyself, written with warmth, humor and candor, can provide not only the how-to guidance needed for such an undertaking, but the emotional and spiritual support needed by caretakers, as well. More importantly, Madonna’s choice for Compassion, Kindness and Love provides all of us with another reminder that when we choose Love, bliss and miracles of healing mind, body and spirit are possible.

           “To be a realist, you must believe in miracles.”

David Ben Gurion

 

Susan Barbara Apollon

Author of “Touched By The Extraordinary”



Intuition Is Easy & Fun

©2010 Susan Barbara Apollon

The Purpose Of Life: Live Like You Are Dying, Loving, Accepting And Healing What Is… (#3)

June 22, 2010 · Filed Under Purpose of Life · 1 Comment 

 

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is. I believe in the latter"   ~Albert Einstein

Kristine Carson, wife of Richard Carlson (author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff), writes in If You Had An Hour to Live, “Grieving is the ultimate act of love, or, at least, it can be. Love holds all possibilities, and that includes bliss in the face of immeasurable suffering and gain through loss.” Her point is that despite the grief and loss you experience, the quality of your Love determines whether you decide to choose to move into the pain and suffering associated with the darkness of grief – or into the warmth, peace and joy associated with the energy of the loving light.  Your life’s purpose is a function of the choices you make. You are exactly where you are supposed to be because of the choices you make. Again, do your best and choose wisely!

Miracles are occurring all the time and Love is at the heart of miracles, according to the book, A Course in Miracles. Because we vibrate at such a high level energetically, when we choose Love in the form of Kindness and Loving Compassion for both ourselves and others, the body’s the immune system functions better (especially when dealing with a life-threatening illness or a significant loss).  Perhaps this, again, is what motivates Tug McGraw’s character in his popular country song, Live Like You Were Dying, to want to go skydiving, fishing, bull riding and mountain climbing, as well as wishing to practice forgiveness. Loving oneself certainly includes following your hopes, dreams and long-lived passions, without the burden of anger and resentments.

As a researcher of miracles, and one who has witnessed real-life miracles, I have personally seen the stunning consequences, such as remissions and disappearances of different kinds of cancers, in my patients who have chosen to live fully in the moment, while treating themselves and others compassionately and lovingly. By choosing to take the time to become conscious of any thoughts or issues to which you have been attached and then detaching and practicing forgiveness, you shift your energy to a level which feels absolutely wonderful and initiates the release of valuable endorphins which enhance the functioning of your immune system.

Choosing to Face (acknowledge), Embrace (feel) and Replace your uncomfortable feelings such as anger, hurt, resentment, rage and disappointment, with more loving thoughts  enables you to live more freely, without self- criticism or judgment. Miracles have everything to do with you choosing to see a situation or person from a more loving, kind and forgiving perspective. A change in perspective is often considered a miracle! For example, once you recognize that how you choose to think about your Uncle Fred really determines how you feel about him; if you choose to focus on how sweet he is rather than how annoying he can be, you actually feel much better, due to the release of needed endorphins. This is how easy it is!

A hero and mentor of mine, psychologist, scientist, author and survivor of two serious cancers, Paul Pearsall, states in Making Miracles, “Making miracles depends on understanding the profound truth that our perceptions create our reality and that there is always another view of every issue.” By choosing to live like you were dying, that is by detaching from anything that does not feel good and accepting what is, you will find yourself experiencing greater peace, joy and an overall enhanced quality of life. According to Pearsall, “Things-including miracles- do not just happen to us; we make them happen!”This is the power of your mind and your ability to choose to accept what is. This is your healing power!

“Making miracles is a matter of developing vigilance for the miracles all around us. If we are open to the miracles right under our very noses, and if we become miracles observers and unashamed practitioners of miracology, we are…much more likely to participate in the making of our own miracles.”   ~Paul Pearsall, Ph.D, Author of Making Miracles

 

Susan Barbara Apollon

Author of “Touched By The Extraordinary”

Intuition Is Easy & Fun

©2010 Susan Barbara Apollon

Share Stories of Extraordinary Intuition

June 5, 2010 · Filed Under Developing & Listening to Your Intuition · Comment 

Remember the times when you listened to the still small voice within?

We would love for you to share with us times when you have listened to your intuition and inner guidance.

Just share your stories in the comments area below. 

We extend our heartfelt thanks for you taking the time to do this.

Susan Barbara Apollon

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

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©2010 Susan Barbara Apollon

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

Bliss & Making New Year Miracles On WNBC Today In New York

January 14, 2010 · Filed Under Everything Is Energy, The Power of Intention · Comment 

The invitation came unexpectedly just a few days before the New Year. Could I come to New York and speak about “How to Set and Keep New Year’s Resolutions and Intentions”? While there was little time to prepare, I knew that this would be a great opportunity to share with everyone what I have been living and teaching patients in my practice. Making miracles (Creating and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions) is really all about energy – and positive, loving energy, at that!

View videos on NBC: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/video.

We arrived at Rockefeller Center early. After going through security, we headed up to the 7th floor for the interview. The studio is huge, pleasant and filled with desks, chairs, television monitors of all major shows being broadcasted at the same time.

I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with several of the producers and stage-staff – all down to earth and so very kind. While waiting for my turn to be interviewed, one of the producers, Li Jing, helped me with getting a cup of coffee and enabling me to relax a bit as we talked about what led up to the production of Touched by the Extraordinary.

The anchor who interviewed me, Pat Battle, was wonderful. We hit it off immediately. Pat is high energy, positive, has a great smile, radiates feel-good energy and is absolutely lovely. I felt blessed to have such a super, supportive team around me as we prepared for our segment. Having my family there, just a few feet away also helped me feel even more comfortable.

And, then, we were on. The segment literally flew by. I worked to convey as much of the material I had prepared. I was told my enthusiasm was felt by those present and that they especially valued some of the tools I had spoken of, including my ABC technique and three question journaling method. I was genuinely moved by their warm response.

What fun this was and what a great way to begin the New Year!

May we all be blessed with a New Year filled with Laughter, Peace and Much Love.

Susan Barbara Apollon

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

©2010 Susan Barbara Apollon

Tips to Creating Bliss and Peace When Someone You Love Disappoints You

October 9, 2009 · Filed Under Healing Wisdom · Comment 

It was a Saturday and like so many others this past summer, it rained on and off throughout the day. I was determined to use the day to catch up on a few promised but unfinished projects. As the hours passed, I felt an increasingly stronger sense of fatigue and sadness.

In the background, on CNN, I could hear the words of those who were speaking about Senator Ted Kennedy. The loving words and stories of his many unknown compassionate deeds touched my heart. But the sadness I felt was deepening. And, then, I realized what was happening.

While working, I had been revisiting and reviewing situations which I had known about but had chosen to not acknowledge. They had to do with recognizing that someone I have admired and trusted, was letting me down by not being as sincere and genuine as beautiful words and images would have you believe. Without intention, I was gathering evidence that I had not trusted my intuition.

I thought, “I must remember Love. And that this journey is about choosing Love, and I must forgive. Well, truthfully, while I do my best as a psychologist, author, mom, wife and everything else, I am simply a soul journeying in a physical body. And, I make my share of mistakes.

I had allowed myself to fill with painful images and thoughts of not having been treated in the same compassionate manner that I had been acting as a friend. I began to cry. “Tears are a good thing,” I tell my patients…and I do strongly feel this way. I knew I had to release from my cells the energetic vibrations of having been significantly disappointed. Realizing that someone I had trusted did not appear to be coming from an authentic place of Love just broke my heart.

I knew I needed to release this negative energy because it did not serve me. I told myself, “Susan, focus on anything that feels better!” As hard as this was, I did what I teach my patients: Face (the feeling and the fact that I did not feel good – due to a painful thought), Embrace (feel the pain), Breathe (breathe out the painful thoughts and pain) and Replace (which I did by speaking with an angel who enabled me to communicate these thoughts at this moment). I refused to pass judgment, to the best of my ability, because I, too, do not wish to be judged. I then focused on work-related subjects and that lifted me energetically.

However, later that evening, the heaviness remained within my heart, mind and spirit. Though I wanted to choose Love, I was having difficulty. In answering those who had written in my Facebook group, Touched by the Extraordinary, I found a gift of healing wisdom, a quote of Maya Angelou from a woman on the other side of the world: “ While I know myself as a creation of God, I am obligated to realize and remember that everyone else are also God’s creation.”

I quickly realized that my friend’s behavior served as a challenge in my life for me to choose Love and to forgive and, certainly, to not attach to the painful thoughts which caused my suffering.

I am responsible for my own bliss and peace. Therefore, I have released these feelings, but, I will lead my life more aware of the situation so that I do not allow myself to once again be so disappointed. There is much to learn from every moment of our journey, and it always begins and ends with Love.

Susan Barbara Apollon

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

©2009 Susan Barbara Apollon

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