Monday, October 20, 2014

Dr. David Viscott on Letting Go, Letting Grow.

Roots of Life

"If we are the sum of everything that happens to us, to limit a person's experience is to limit their growth.  Indeed, to take on the burden of sentry, guarding another person's borders, is to interfere with that person's life lesson.  You cannot protect anyone from themselves; you cannot protect anyone from life.  You cannot spare a loved one the confrontation with their own mortality, their own stupidity or their own emptiness." ~Dr. David Viscott, Psychiatrist, Best-selling Author (1938-1996)   

This quote by the renowned late psychiatrist, Dr. Viscott is very applicable to our lives, as parents of adult children, as siblings, as children of aging parents, as spouses and partners.  So often we may have a tendency to bring out our co-dependent traits to rescue, control, or interfere in the life of another.  But pulling back from a situation that we feel "needs" our help, can also bring up feelings of guilt that we're not doing enough to help, direct, or even control, the life of the other person.  It's about learning to let go, to allow, to let one walk their own path.   

I'm also reminded of the spirit teachings of Dr. James M. Peebles, in which one of his Three Spiritual Principles is:  "Loving allowance for all things to be in their own time and place, beginning with yourself."

In my book, Three Principles of Angelic Wisdom, in discussing with Dr. Peebles, his Loving Allowance Principle, he stated:  "When you can allow all of life to be, in its own time and place, and allow for yourself the same, it will be easy.  That is the challenge for each of you, to come to that place of ease, to allow love for yourself, to let of go of all expectation of another, and of yourself, to give to another–all others–the allowance to be who they are, where they are, to allow them to walk their own path, while you are allowed to walk your own."

To read more of Dr. Peebles' spiritual psychology visit my website page.  
Thanks to my friend, Chelle at Inspiration Line for again bringing this quote to my attention.  Dr. Viscott was an amazing doctor and inspirational healer.  His books are well-worth finding.   


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pope Francis and Guardian Angels

“Angels are spirits, but it is not because they are spirits that they are angels.
They become Angels when they are sent.
For the name Angel refers to their office, not their nature.
You ask the name of this nature, it is spirit;
it is that of an Angel, which is a messenger.”
~Saint Augustine (354-430)

Pope Francis continues to amaze me  He's so refreshing.  At the Feast of the Guardian Angels Catholic celebration on October 2, he made the statement that guardian angels exist and people who listen to their advice are less likely to make the wrong decisions.   

During mass in the small residence chapel at the Vatican, he said, “The doctrine on angels is not fantasist. No, it’s reality. According to church tradition we all have an angel with us, who protects us and helps us understand things." 

Pope Francis asked: “How often have we heard ‘I should do this, I should not do this, that’s not right, be careful ...’. So often! It is the voice of our travelling companion.”

The Pope advised skeptics to ask themselves: “How is my relationship with my guardian angel? Do I listen to him? Do I say good morning to him? Do I ask him to watch over me when I sleep? No one journeys alone and no one should think that they are alone,” he said. 

His message that humans are helped along in life by an otherworldly guardian angels is in contrast to former Pope Benedict’s comments that angels did not sing at the birth of Christ.  

I'm reminded of what I've written before about my growing up as a non-Catholic and feeling left out because all my Catholic friends had their guardian angels. Of course, I was to later become aware that I always had my own guardian angels and spirit guides around me, and still do.  And yes, I do communicate with them, and listen to them.

"Listen for the flutter of an angel's wing as it softly touches you with love. Embrace it and join in the dance!" ~Linda Pendleton

Friday, October 10, 2014

"Peg Leg" Bates Did Not Let An Amputation, Or The Color of His Skin, Stop Him From Having A Successful Dance Career!

"Life means, do the best you can with what you've got, with all your mind and heart. You can do anything in this world if you want to do it bad enough," ~Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates, (1907-1998)

I was reminded today of a tap dancer I used to love to watch dance when he appeared on television.  I don't recall the first time I ever saw him dance, but it may have been in the 1950s as I recall discussing him with my father.  I was always fascinated by his wooden peg leg and his ability to maneuver and tap dance so well.

He first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1955 and made numerous appearances on the show.  

Here is a video of Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates, dancing, and a video of a Dedication of a Statue to honor him in Greenville, South Carolina, the place he moved to when he was 12 years of age, and the place where he began his successful dance career, despite his disability, and despite the color of his skin. 

 Quoted from Constance Vallis Hill,

"Bates worked his way upward from minstrel shows and carnivals to the vaudeville circuits. At fifteen, after having become the undisputed king of one-legged dancers, able to execute acrobatic, graceful soft shoe, and powerful rhythm-tapping all with one leg and a peg, he established a professional career as a tap dancer. In 1930, after dancing in the Paris version of Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1929, Bates returned to New York to perform as a featured tap dancer at such famous Harlem nightclubs as the Cotton Club, Connie's Inn, and the Club Zanzibar. On Broadway in the 1930s, he reinvented such popular tap steps as the Shim Sham Shimmy, Susie-Q, and Truckin' by enhancing them with the rhythmic combination of his deep-toned left-leg peg and the high-pitched metallic right-foot tap. As one of the black tap dancers able to cross the color barrier, Bates joined performers on the white vaudeville circuit of Keith & Lowe and performed on the same bill as Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Fred Astaire, and Gene Kelly. In 1949 Bates sang and danced the role of the swashbuckling pirate, Long John Silver in the musical review Blackouts. "Don't give up the ship, although you seem to lose the fight; life means do the best with all you got, give it all your might," he sang in the Ken Murray musical that played for three years at the Hollywood and Vine Theatre in Hollywood."

I had a below-the-knee amputation nearly seven years ago, and although I have an excellent prosthetic and a expense carbon fiber prosthetic foot with ankle movement,  I don't think I could tap dance, even with taps on my shoes!! 



Thursday, October 9, 2014

John Edward and Anderson Cooper and the Cameramen

Psychic Medium John Edward has been a favorite of mine for many years now.  I've enjoyed his books, his TV shows, and his gift.  And here he is with another favorite of mine, Anderson Cooper, from a couple of years ago.  Excellent readings.