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The Study of What If: Question of The Week
 

Question of the Week

▣ Affirmations

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 I am trying to lose weight.  You talk about affirmations a lot.  Please explain to me how I can use affirmations to help me with my weight loss.

 

The words "l AM..." are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to.

The thing you're claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.

—A. L. Kitselman

Affirmation means to make firm, solid, more real. Thoughts—not very solid—when repeated over and over, become more and more firm. They become feelings, behaviors, experiences, and things. What we think about, we can become (excerpted from Life 101. by John-Roger and Peter Me Williams, Prelude Press, Los Angeles, CA, 1991).  You are what you think!

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▣ What About Keeping a Dream Journal?

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Prepared by Sandy Shapiro at The Study of What If...www.thestudyofwhatif.com  

One of the greatest tools an individual can make use of is the practice of keeping a dream journal.   A dream journal provides a record of where one has started his/her journey, what has developed along the path, and provides a picture of where the individual is at a particular time in his/her life. 

     I have found that moments after waking up, the average individual will forget parts or all of their experience in the dream state unless he/she takes the time to record the experience.   More often than not, if the dreamer does not immediately record the dream, even though the dream is strong when he/she wakes up, the memory of the dream is gone by the time the feet hit the floor.  

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▣ A Useful Model of the Brain

posted by admin on April 27th, 2013 at 2:31 PM

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CAVEAT: I love scientific explanations of the brain, but you may not find them interesting – I ask that you bear with me and read through the write-up at least once.

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▣ What about keeping a journal?

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Prepared by Sandy Shapiro 
www.thestudyofwhatif.com

 

What about keeping a journal?

 

One of the greatest tools an individual can make use of is the practice of keeping a journal.   A journal provides a record of where one has started his/her journey, what has developed along the path, and provides a picture of where the individual is at a particular time in his/her life. 

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▣ News Articles...

posted by admin on April 27th, 2013 at 12:39 PM

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 Scroll through the questions to find one or two or ... that interest you!  Click on the title of the article to be redirected to the entire article.

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▣ Important Information about NOVA

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Northern Virginia Community College
http://www.nvcc.edu/wdce/annandale/courses/
Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus
Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Annandale Campus Map


Directions to the Annandale Campus

Inclement Weather and School Closings 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOU TO KNOW…  

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▣ How can I improve my day and my life?

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Have you attempted to control your thoughts; only thinking positive, happy, prosperous and uplifting thoughts? Have you only thought nice things about yourself and others? Have you been thankful for what is going "right" and counting your blessings? And intentionally, i.e., consciously learning from what appears to be going "wrong?" There is great power in this process, but most people are completely ignorant of this power. Whether you apply this principle or not makes a distinct difference in your life. When a person changes his or her habits of thinking, they will notice the difference within a couple of weeks. Otherwise they simply perpetuate whatever their jar of unconscious thoughts creates.

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▣ Tips for a Change!

posted by admin on April 23rd, 2013 at 9:44 AM

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 Are you up for the challenge?

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▣ What is the relationship between forgiving myself and taking responsibility for my life/actions?

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 First, let’s discuss forgiveness and how it affects us.  We start with the dictionary.com definition of forgiveness which is…to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.); absolve.  

 

The problem with this definition is that unless you are clearly in touch with the contents of your JAR, you are unaware that the offense is not the issue.  The issue is the emotion that was triggered by the offense; e.g., anger, frustration, disappointment, guilt, unmet expectations, etc.  The emotion then becomes the root of the reaction. ... 

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▣ Prayers and Praying

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Prayers and praying are very powerful -- tools that are easy to use and can give us great results.

It is common practice for individuals to pray for the benefit of others for healings, releasing negative energies, and for blessings; but we often forget to pray for our own healing, calmness, and blessings. You will discover that by cleansing yourself, that is, turning any negative energy over to a Higher Power (God), you are much kinder and more considerate to others. In effect, praying for yourself provides a double benefit.

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▣ Manifestation - Part 2. Secrets of Real-World Action

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 Manifestation 101
Written by R. C. Parker, Ph.D
Edited by Sandy Shapiro

The intention of Part 2 is to provide a description of the fifth and final step – to ACT. As a reminder, here are the five steps of manifestation (The Law of Attraction):

            Rule 1. See it in your head

            Rule 2. Believe it in your heart

            Rule 3. Feel it in your soul

            Rule 4. Expect opportunity to show up

            Rule 5. ACT 

 


 

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▣ Manifestation - Part 1. Expansion of the Rules of Manifestation 101

posted by admin on June 5th, 2012 at 8:11 AM

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 WHO IS DRIVING YOUR BUS?

I hesitate to describe manifestation in a lot of detail because one individual or group will follow the rules explicitly, but then someone else will do everything “technically wrong” and succeed dramatically. The reason generally is passion – the one rebel fills their intention with their passionate drive and any road blocks that come up are bulldozed through.

The reason for presenting the rules is basically the same as the answer to “who is driving your bus?” In other words, many people do the easy and comfortable thing; they catch the same buses everyday and let a professional driver take them to their intended destination. The destination is someone else’s manifestation – you go to a place of work, a school or university, a restaurant or a happy hour bar, a place of entertainment, etc., and you passively participate in the entrepreneur’s manifestation. I know you want to challenge this scenario and tell everyone about how hard you work at your job or how hard you play at your favorite hobby or softball game, but it is still someone else’s manifestation and you are just one of the rider’s on their bus.

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▣ Manifestation 101

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Written by R. C. Parker, Ph.D
Edited by Sandy Shapiro

The Five Rules of manifestation (the Law of Attraction):

            Rule 1.  See it

            Rule 2.  Believe it

            Rule 3.  Feel it

            Rule 4.  Expect

            Rule 5.  ACT 

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▣ Suggested Authors, Books, Movies, and Music

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The following information is presented as a list of suggested resources and in no way is a complete list.  As you study and learn more, explore other sources and resources of information to help you on your journey.

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▣ Breathing for Health and Relaxation

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  • Ordinarily, we breathe shallowly.*                     
  • An insufficient supply of oxygen generates stress and a tired feeling, and generally promotes dis”ease”.
  • Breathing is the first big step to becoming a relaxed and healthy person. 
  • Proper Way to Breathe: 
          -- the throat opens as widely as possible (as in a yawn);
          -- the shoulders remain in place;
          -- the stomach is pushed out as the air is inhaled.    
  • Learn how to inhale fresh air and energy and to exhale tension, worries, stress, and fears.

 

*Encarta Dictionary – Shallowly…Taking in little air - characterized by the inhaling and exhaling of only a small amount of air.

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▣ I feel like Iím making up psychic messages. How can I feel confident that my psychic messages are valid?

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 Part 1.  Am I Making It Up?

Written by R. C. Parker, Ph.D
Edited by Sandy Shapiro

I feel like I’m making it up! Or, the question is, “Am I getting psychic messages or am I just using my JAR (memories and beliefs) to create a story (analogy, metaphor, play or fantasy)?” A lot of people tell me I’m just making up messages so I’m wondering if am I crazy for believing in psychic messages?

 

PART 2: A Model of the Brain

Written by R. C. Parker, Ph.D
Edited by Sandy Shapiro

To repeat the concern, I feel like I’m making up the psychic messages I offer to others!

Well to be honest, maybe you are; but let’s not sweep your concerns under the rug. Let’s focus on the understanding of your paranormal abilities.  Know thyself!

 

 

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▣ Detachment

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Healing Prayer…Our meditation group often sends out (email) a “request for healing prayer” to offer our channeled and collective energies to someone in need – for example: an illness that is causing havoc in their physical being or in their family; an accident, sometimes extremely serious; a disaster, like the recent hurricane that hit Texas; or to pray for someone who is at death’s door; etc. We individually and collectively are more-than-willing to offer our channeled energy to the individual or family in need, but at the same time we acknowledge that the individual has free will to choose to accept these energies or that the Universal energies are calling for that individual or a family member to return home (to Heaven or to the pool of Universal energies). In other words sometimes the individual is ready to die.

So how do we as individuals and collectively deal with these apparent opposites; that is, how do we send healing prayers/energies to an individual and, at the same time, not interfere with the individual’s free will.

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▣ THE BEGGING BOWL

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We live in a metropolitan area that has a lot of wealthy people and some have so much wealth that they would have to live nine life times to spend it all if they lived at a moderately luxurious level. And then there is the individual who is wealthier than one of the Pharaohs of old Egypt or a Sheik of old Persia; but if you (or Barbara Walters were to interview him/her), there is always something else they desire.

 

A fable…

One day the wealthiest man in the city decided to go for a walk around the area and prove his magnificence. So out on to a city street he went and he soon came up on a man who looked like he was homeless and in dire poverty. This man was sitting on the park bench and in front of him was a bowl – the wealthy man assumed it was a begging bowl – 

 

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▣ Part 3. Message Givers

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Written by R. C. Parker
Edited by Sandy Shapiro

 

CAVEAT: The information presented in this series of posts is important to message receivers and message givers, but is not intended as a certification process to vouch for or teach everything that these individuals need to know. Always keep in mind that an individual has free will and should never sacrifice his/her free will to a psychic message or to a message giver.

 

I enjoy getting psychic messages and participating in psychic readings by an ethical practitioner (a psychic or medium). And, I enjoy attending a spiritualist church/chapel in which a practitioner gives messages to the attendees/congregation as a part of the overall chapel service. I also enjoy participating in meditation circles for developing practitioners and the ethical use of their skills, especially when the circle is lead by a psychic or medium who is sensitive to the participant’s level of knowledge; for example, giving a message to the new participant who has only limited exposure to the etiquette of receiving messages often requires additional clarification for the message to be beneficial to the recipient.

The information in this write-up is intended as a helpful guide to any psychic/medium in their delivery of life-affirming messages or readings. And, it will benefit the recipient by their getting the maximum benefit from a message or reading.

 

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▣ Part 2. Receiving Messages

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Written by R. C. Parker
Edited by Sandy Shapiro

 

CAVEAT: The information presented in this series of posts is important to message receivers and message givers, but is not intended as a certification process to vouch for or teach everything that these individuals need to know. Always keep in mind that an individual has free will and should never sacrifice his/her free will to a psychic message or to a message giver.


HOW DO YOU AS THE RECIPIENT DEAL WITH A PSYCHIC MESSAGE?
WHAT LIFE-AFFIRMING RESPONSIBILITIES DOES THE RECIPIENT HAVE WHEN RECEIVING A PSYCHIC MESSAGE?

Let’s review some information given in Part 1. Psychic Messages...As a recipient of a message/reading, you do have responsibilities

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