The book includes:
• Messages from Divine beings about the truth of who you are and how much you are loved by the Divine.
• Simple, empowering tools that will help you begin living the abundant life you were created to live.
• Affirmations and exercises that will guide you on an exciting journey of shedding old, limiting beliefs and awakening to your truth.
• Wonderful resources that will assist you in your awakening process.
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An Exciting Journey to Awakening
Simple Tools that Can Awaken You to the Truth of Who You Really Are
By Mariah Brooks
Balboa PressCopyright © 2014 Mariah Brooks
All rights reserved.
Breathing deeply and consciously will not only help you feel more alive and give you energy, but it will bring you right into the present moment. You will experience better health, more peace and clarity of mind.
When we were born, our bodies breathed as they needed to. We had no need to control them; we just breathed. As we grew, our breath became more controlled.
You may find yourself holding your breath when engaged in a project. The body then becomes tired from a lack of oxygen. Your brain needs the proper amount of oxygen to function optimally. I suggest taking a timeout every hour or so during the day to take some nice, deep breaths and fill your body with oxygen. This reenergizes the body.
I had always wanted to put a tattoo of the word "breathe" on my hand as a reminder, but I decided a sticky note works just as well. I have put notes in my car or around the house to remind myself to take deep breaths.
I would like to share a few simple breathing exercises that have helped me:
1) Breathe in slowly through your nose to the count of six. Then hold it for a count of six, feeling the stillness called the stillpoint. Release your breath through your nose slowly to the count of eight, releasing as much air from your lungs as you can. Feel the stillness there. As you breathe out, relax your entire body. If the counts are too long or not long enough, adjust them to what works best for you.
2) Slowly breathe in a full breath through your nose, and then let it out through the mouth with a sigh. Feel your body relax.
3) The next one I learned from a friend who was doing a workshop. Breathe in slowly through the nose. Then breathe out slowly through the mouth while sounding out "haaaaaaaah" from a higher octave slowly down to a lower octave. You say a continuous "haaaah" while doing this. There is a tendency with this one to say "aaah"; be sure to say "haaaah." You will feel your whole body relax as you go down to a lower octave.
4) The last exercise I want to share is taking a long, deep breath through the nose. As you breathe in, feel the air expanding your chest and upper back, going up into your neck and head, and going down into your arms and hands. Then breathe out and relax. With your next breath, breathe in slowly through the nose and feel the breath filling your stomach and lower back, going down into your hips and legs, and then down into your feet and toes. Then breathe out and relax. Visualize every cell in your body being filled with healing, energizing oxygen.
Affirmation: I breathe consciously and deeply, filling every cell in my body with healing energy and oxygen.
Notebook: Write one or more breathing exercises you are going to do each day to increase the oxygen level throughout your body and help it to relax. Write a note for your home and car to remind yourself to breathe. You can also find exercises that resonate with you or books about breathing on the computer.CHAPTER 2
Moving Your Body
Moving your body in some form will energize and strengthen you, help you feel better emotionally and physically and improve the overall appearance of your body.
The muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the body begin to shrink if you don't exercise them. Moving your body with some form of daily exercise will also help to oxygenate the body. When the body lacks oxygen, it doesn't feel well or function properly.
Movement increases the neurotransmitters called endorphins in the brain. This is why you feel emotionally lighter and mentally clearer when you exercise.
Daily body movement also helps the lymphatic system detoxify the body. It allows energy to move more freely, which releases stagnant energy blockages. It just makes you feel better.
If you can, do some stretches and find some form of exercise that works for you, such as taking a walk each day, you will feel better in many ways. If you have limited mobility, just move what you can because each person has his or her own level of ability. Be kind and gentle to your body, but move it.
There are many ways to move the body. I will share just a few:
1) The first is simple stretching. This is so beneficial for the body and feels so good to do. There are many wonderful books showing ways to stretch all parts of the body. You can also go onto the internet and find all kinds of stretching exercises. You can stretch your body while sitting in a chair or in bed if you need to.
2) The next is core exercises. These do what their name implies: they strengthen the core, the area in the center of the body. By doing a core program, I have eliminated a lot of back issues and I stand taller. A book that has helped me is The Core Program by Peggy Brill. You can also use an exercise ball for core training. This is a strong rubber ball that, when inflated, is about three to four feet in diameter. You can sit and bounce on the ball, and it also comes with a set of exercises you can do on it.
3) The next form of exercise I would like to share is yoga. There are many forms of yoga. Some are more active; some are more passive. Choose what works best for your body. This really gets the energy flowing in the body, relaxes the body, and quiets the mind. Find a yoga class in your area and see if it resonates with you. Instructors usually start with a gentle beginners' class.
4) Swimming is another great exercise because your body is weightless so it is easier on your joints. You can walk back and forth in the pool, do water aerobics, and use water weights to strengthen the body.
5) I really enjoy using a rebounder, which resembles a mini trampoline. When you bounce on the rebounder, you are doing a simple aerobic exercise that boosts the immune system, strengthens every cell in the body, and flushes out toxins. Doing this simple exercise increases circulation through the whole body. It is also a lot of fun!
6) One last way of moving the body that I would like to mention is a Chi machine. This machine was developed by a Japanese scientist named Dr. Shizou Inoue. You lie down and put your ankles on this machine, and it gently moves the body from side to side in a figure eight. This oxygenates and detoxifies the body. It increases your energy, improves your blood circulation, reduces muscle soreness and tension, helps your body become more flexible, helps you sleep better, and much more. This is also a good form of exercise for people who are physically challenged, bedridden, or older.
If you are confined to a chair or bed, you can even visualize yourself doing some form of exercise. Your mind doesn't know that you are not exercising and your body will experience similar effects. There has been research done on this where athletes have been connected to machines that calibrate brain activity. They are told to imagine themselves doing some form of exercise. The machine shows similar brain activity that occurs when they are actually doing the exercise.
Affirmation: I take loving care of my body, moving it in ways that feel good to me and increase its energy flow.
Notebook: Write in your notebook a commitment to do some form of exercise every day, even if it is something small. Write down one of the exercises listed above or another form you want to look into and find places that teach it. Commit to calling the places and finding out more about what they offer.CHAPTER 3
Consuming Whole, Healthy Foods and Beverages
Eating and drinking healthy can make your body feel amazing and your mind become clear. By eating a healthy diet, I have achieved my optimal weight, my skin is bright and healthy and I feel happier and more alive.
I have been told to share in the beginning of this chapter about living from love and faith rather than fear. There are two basic emotions in life, love and fear. Base your motivation for eating or drinking from a place of love for your body rather than fear about your health. Be grateful for everything you ingest and partake in love.
Some foods that you put into your body may raise or lower your energy and vibration. There are also certain substances that, when ingested, can cause the body to run inefficiently, including large amounts of processed sugar and a large intake of dairy products, alcohol, and boxed and processed foods that are chemically treated so they have a long shelf life.
If you want to use a sweetener, there are healthier options other than white sugar. There is stevia, which is an herb that comes from the stevia plant that tastes very sweet. If you use this, only use a small amount. If your body doesn't handle sugar well, then stevia may be your best bet. There has been research done by U.S. Scientific Data showing that Stevia has a more positive effect on blood sugar than most other sweetening additives. There is also coconut sugar, honey, pure maple syrup and xylitol. I am sure that since writing this book, manufacturers have come out with other options. Go to a local health-food store and ask for assistance in choosing a sweetener.
Eating fresh foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains is great for the body. Sprouted seeds and grains are full of life. Eating a generous amount of alkaline foods keeps the body's pH more on the alkaline side, which helps it become healthier. The body operates best when it's pH is 7.0-7.5. Anything below that is acidic. Disease has a much harder time surviving in an alkaline environment. Some good alkaline foods are green vegetables, sprouts, limes and lemons, almonds, broccoli, seaweed and some fruits. You can go to www. acidalkalinediet.com/alkaline-foods-list and download a free chart of alkaline foods. I eat as many raw and unprocessed foods as I can. They have the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that your body needs. Cooking and processing can destroy the vital nutrients in foods.
Juicing fresh, raw organic fruits and vegetables is also healing for the body. I strongly recommend consuming one ounce of wheatgrass juice a day which is equal to consuming 2.5 pounds of vegetables. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and enzymes and is easy to digest. It is basically liquid chlorophyll. You can buy wheatgrass at a health-food store, and there are special juicers that specifically make wheatgrass juice.
It is best to drink the juice on an empty stomach and have it as fresh as possible. If you are under a real time constraint, you can juice a larger amount, pour it into an ice cube tray, cover it well, and put it in the freezer. Then get 1 cube out the night before and put it in the refrigerator for the next day.
I want you to think about your car for a moment. Would you put sugar water into your gas tank? Would you use a soft drink in place of transmission fluid? Would you use bacon grease in place of a good grade of engine oil? If you did this, the car would start to break down and wouldn't be able to run properly. Our bodies need healthy, whole foods to run properly. Try to put things into your body that will help it run smoothly, stay in good shape, and feel good.
There are two programs that I have enjoyed and have helped thousands of people restore their bodies to optimal health. One is CHIP, which stand for Complete Health Improvement Program. This program teaches you how to enrich your lifestyle so you can experience better health. The instructors teach you healthy habits and lifestyle modifications. They have incredible recipes and show you how to make them. Go to www.chiphealth.com to find a class near you.
A program I recently attended is the Living Foods Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a healing and education center where you can go for one, five, ten, fifteen, or thirty days and learn how to prepare healthy, raw, living foods. You are fed healthy live foods while you are there plus you go through healing modalities to improve your overall health. When the body is fed whole, live foods, it becomes stronger and can heal itself naturally as God intended it to do. The founder, Brenda Cobb, by following this lifestyle, was healed from breast cancer in 1999 with no surgery or chemotherapy.
Many of people have gone to the center and have been healed from conditions such as many forms of cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, heart disease, and Alzheimer's disease, some of which doctors said were impossible to heal. The leaders also teach about the mind-body-spirit connection at the institute. We are three-part beings: physical, emotional, and spiritual. If we are to become truly healthy, we have to treat not only the body but also the mind and the spirit.
Cobb has written a book called The Living Foods Lifestyle, which has a lot of helpful information on living a healthy lifestyle and some wonderful recipes you can make for you and your family. I love something she states in her book about the reason for eating: "The real reason we eat is for health, nutrition, and rebuilding the body." Wow! I had definitely drifted away from this.
If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired and this lifestyle resonates with your heart, look into going to the Living Foods Institute. Go to www.livingfoodsinstitute.com to learn more about this healthy lifestyle. Brenda Cobb is also available for consultation and can be reached at 800-884-9876.
Eating an Ayurvedic diet is also healing to the body, mind, and spirit. I talk more about this in the chapter 6. When you live your life according to Ayurveda, you eat foods and live in climates that fit your body type. There are three body types: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Once you find out what your body type is, you eat and live accordingly. I experienced a lot of healing from living this lifestyle.
I realize there is quite a difference between the raw food lifestyle and Ayurveda. Go within your heart and feel which one resonates with you. Maybe there is another way of eating that works better for your body. When you eat certain foods and live a certain lifestyle, go within yourself and become aware of how you feel physically and emotionally. Play with this. Experiment and decide what makes you feel your best.
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Table of Contents
Note from the Author, xv,
A Simple Formula for Success, xvii,
List of Illustrations, xix,
Part 1: A Message to You from Divine Loving Beings, 1,
A Simple Explanation of Vibration and Energy, 11,
Part 2: Physical, Emotional, and Mental Tools to Help You Remember Who You Truly Are, 15,
Chapter 1: Breathing Consciously, 17,
Chapter 2: Moving Your Body, 19,
Chapter 3: Consuming Whole, Healthy Foods and Beverages, 22,
Chapter 4: Relaxing Your Body and Mind and Simplifying Your Life, 27,
Chapter 5: Loving, Healing Things for the Body and Mind, 31,
Chapter 6: Be True to You, 43,
Chapter 7: Doing What Makes Your Heart Sing, 49,
Chapter 8: Putting Your Bare Feet on the Earth, 51,
Chapter 9: Living in the Moment, 53,
Chapter 10: Spending Time in Nature, 56,
Chapter 11: Becoming Conscious of What You Think and Say, 58,
Chapter 12: A Simple Explanation of How the Brain Works, 62,
Chapter 13: Living in Love vs. Living in Fear and Ego, 68,
Chapter 14: Becoming free from Fear, 70,
Chapter 15: What Are Your Beliefs?, 74,
Chapter 16: What Are Your Patterns?, 79,
Chapter 17: She Believed She Was a Computer, 83,
Chapter 18: Visualizations, Affirmations, and Setting Intentions, 86,
Chapter 19: Treasure Mapping, 90,
Chapter 20: Living in the Solution, Rather than the Problem, 94,
Chapter 21: You Have Choices, 95,
Chapter 22: Living in Gratitude, 99,
Chapter 23: What Is Love? Loving Yourself First, 102,
Chapter 24: Forgiveness, 107,
Chapter 25: Honesty and Inner Integrity, 113,
Chapter 26: Healing from Addictions: Twelve-Step Programs, 116,
Chapter 27: Working with Depression, 120,
Chapter 28: Making a List in Case of Emergencies, 126,
Chapter 29: Healing Through Grief, 128,
Chapter 30: Perceptions of Events in Life and How to Work with Opportunities, 134,
Chapter 31: Emotional Freedom Technique, 138,
Chapter 32: Energy Healing, 142,
Chapter 33: The Practice of Tonglen, 146,
Chapter 34: Loving Your Inner Child, 148,
Chapter 35: About Self-Esteem, 151,
Chapter 36: Balancing Your Life and the Wheel of Life, 154,
Chapter 37: Journaling as a Way of Healing, 157,
Part 3: Spiritual Tools to Help You Remember Who You Truly Are, 159,
Chapter 38: Connecting with Your Divine, 161,
Chapter 39: Prayer and Meditation, 165,
Chapter 40: Making a God Box: 'Turning It Over', 174,
Chapter 41: Trusting Your Process, 176,
Chapter 42: Reaching Out and Helping Others, 179,
Chapter 43: Prosperity: The Divine Is Your Source, 182,
Chapter 44: Sacred Geometry, 185,
Chapter 45: The Chakra System in the Body, 188,
Chapter 46: The Oneness Movement, 193,
Chapter 47: Archangels and Ascended Masters: Your Divine Helpers, 196,
Chapter 48: Your Mighty I Am Presence and the Violet Flame, 199,
Conclusion: More Messages to You from the Divine Loving Beings, 203,
A Final Message from the Author, 211,
Poem: "Who Are You Really?", 213,
Tools, Resources, and References, 215,
About the Author, 221,