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  • Today’s Prescription for the Soul – Prescription #122 – Getting to Know You

    I hope that my “365 Prescriptions for the Soul,” will be a welcome and healing addition to your day. The prescriptions I ask you to fill are designed for your total well-being. They come from hard-earned wisdom and experience with the difficulties of life. They are dispensed “as written” with love. At the end of each prescription is my “Soulution” to help you develop healthy self-love, self-esteem, and self-worth. Please take the prescription I have written for you here and fill it right away.


    The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.

    ~ Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881, Scottish Historian and Essayist

    Getting to know yourself better takes courage. It is far easier to hide behind a mask than to see yourself as you really are. There are many who think they are perfect and need not change, who think they’re the center of the universe, and they have a problem.

    If you wish to know yourself and change for the better, you need to accept your inadequacies, fears, weaknesses, mistakes, and more. If you need others present constantly to entertain and distract you, then you are afraid to be still and know yourself.

    So spend some time being totally alone and see how you feel. If you are comfortable, then I would say you are in the process of knowing yourself. Knowing yourself means being willing to be with yourself. Once you can do that, the frantic search for distraction and escape will stop ruling your life and you can choose to fill your life with the things that bring you joy.

    Soulution of the Day

    Even if it feels uncomfortable, go away with yourself
    and spend some time together getting to know yourself.
    You may find that you are great company.

    - Bernie

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  • Fighting Cancer? Why You MUST Get More Sleep

    Good morning lovely, you!

    Sleep must be on your list of things to improve as we climb the cancer healing mountain. Today we are going up higher and higher learning all about why you MUST get more sleep when you are fighting cancer.

    I am sipping my steaming cup of tea, watching my little ZuZu taking her thirdnap of the day. And it’s only 9:00AM. If only all of us could sleep as peacefully as cats, we’d all feel much better.

    Sleep is obviously important for everyone. But when you are fighting cancer, it is CRUCIAL to your recovery. In fact, studies have shown repeatedly that how well you sleep will determine how well your body is able to fight cancer.

    But, while cancer patients are the ones who require the best sleep, they are often the very ones that have the hardest time getting that sleep. Why is this?

    According to researchers from Stanford University sleep problems often occur when there is an imbalance of at least two hormones that influence cancer cells. One of these hormones is cortisol, which helps to regulate your immune system’s activity. This activity includes the release of certain “natural killer” cells that help you to fight cancer.

    The cortisol levels in your body typically peak after dawn, after you have hopefully achieved 8 hours of sleep. These levels taper off throughout the day.

    Studies have shown that shift workers and those people who wake repeatedly throughout the night have a greater chance of “shifted cortisol rhythm’ and therefore a greater risk of developing certain cancers.

    The second hormone affected by sleep patterns is melatonin. Melatonin is produced by your brain during sleep. We think of melatonin as the chemical that helps us GET to sleep. While it does play an important role in our body clocks and sleep patterns, melatonin has been found to also exhibit powerful antioxidant properties that can help ward off cell damage.

    A lack of sleep leads to a decrease in the production of melatonin, which makes it harder to get into a regular sleep cycle, which makes it harder to produce melatonin, which makes it harder to stay healthy… and the vicious cycle continues.

    How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep when you are fighting Cancer

    When it comes to cancer self-help, getting enough quality sleep should absolutely be a priority. And doing so can be fairly simple, if you allow yourself.

    You see, many people fighting cancer take on a lot of guilt and worry. Not only are they worried about their own future, they are worried about the burden they are putting on their family.

    I know all-too-well how our minds can keep us up all night. The dark thoughts that continuously flow through our mind are like little demons, mocking us and keeping us awake.

    It’s important to manage your stress so you can get the quality sleep your body needs. I know it is not easy. Again, I have been EXACTLY where you are. I had to finally take control over my own mind so I could calm down enough to get to sleep and stay asleep. This required me to begin meditation.

    Meditation is so incredibly powerful for multiple reasons. First, the very act of breathing deeply and stilling the mind brings an overwhelming sense of peace and tranquility. You almost can’t help falling asleep when you feel this peaceful inside.

    Second, meditation gets you in touch with a higher power. You can call that higher power God, the Universe, your higher self, angels… It doesn’t matter what human words you attach to it, what’s important is that you engage with this higher power. Once you become aware that there is a divine and loving creator in whose image you were created, then you know you yourself have the power to shape your world, your life and your destiny. This realization is powerful to say the least, and certainly calms down the anxious chatter many cancer patients experience at night.

    Beyond getting your mind and stress under control, here are some other ways you can help yourself get a better night’s sleep:

    Get Comfortable

    Many cancer patients experience hot flashes and night sweats and need to make their environment as comfortable as possible. Keep the temperature in your bedroom low and choose bedding that keeps you cool and dry. Your body may also hurt all over, so you may need to get a better mattress.

    Maintain a Sleep Routine

    It’s important that you train your body to get on and stay on a sleep cycle. This means going to bed at the same time each night, even on weekends. Also, it’s a good idea to follow a pre-sleep routine each night that will help put your body and mind in the right mood. This can mean taking a warm bath, listening to calming music, meditating or reading.

    Do NOT look at electronics before going to bed. The blue light emitted from electronics throws off your circadian rhythms.

    Watch What You Eat

    It’s best not to eat right before bed. Try and end eating 2 hours before bedtime and limit foods that may cause heartburn or indigestion. Even healthy fruits and veggies can cause excess acid, and laying down with this going on is not a great idea.

    I can’t stress enough how important it is to get a good night’s sleep when you are fighting cancer. Your body needs sleep now to help you get well.

    Sending light, love and ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzs

    Prue

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    Chemo Crossroad

    Dear everyone,

    To celebrate 10 years as a breast cancer survivor, one of my readers, Martha, created a short poetry film based on her spoken word piece entitled Chemo Crossroad. She encouraged me to “share with anyone who might find encouragement from my experience” and wants to share it “far and wide.” Please watch it for inspiration about the strength within us all.

    Click the image to view the video or visit https://vimeo.com/363997262

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Phone-in Support Group

    Hi Everyone,

    I m thinking of starting a phone-in support group for people with cancer and other physical issues. I can pick a day and time and supply the call in number and code number.  I am sending this out see what you think about that. If you have thoughts about the idea, please leave a comment below.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Don’t Feed the Monster Anymore

    Good morning Lovely You,

    Let’s have tea. I’m ready to write.

    Are there wounds that you need to heal with family or friends this holiday season? What wound do you carry around with you day after day that is weighing you down? We all have wounds they are either emotional or physical. Perhaps both because emotional wounds can cause physical wounds.

    What are the reasons you carry around your wounds?

    Why can’t you heal them?

    Sometimes we think we have healed our wounds and then all of a sudden they appear out of nowhere. Maybe we suppressed them and have been living in denial for years. Something happens in our lives, and the old wounds rear their ugly heads.

    The deepest wounds often come from our childhood. These deep wounds affect the way we see the world and ourselves. I know I have struggled with deep childhood wounds, and the wounds I carried around with me changed my personality and my life.

    I never thought I was good enough and became a shy and withdrawn child. I would get very embarrassed and blush frequently. My mother would tease me about my blushing, and that would make things even worse. I lived in fear and had anxiety attacks.

    My mother was an Opera singer – a prima donna. Growing up, my mother had to be the center of attention, and she attracted countless people (fans) in her life that would praise her constantly. She would spend hours doing her makeup and hair and had to have her dresses made by a seamstress so that no one else would have her exact outfit.

    I would be criticized continuously for my hair and clothing. My mother would say things like, “How can I show my face in town with you dressed this way.” Yet at gatherings of her friends, she would dress me up and parade me around bragging about her “amazing beautiful daughter.” She never did or said these things to me in private. As I grew up into a young woman, things got worse. My mother would rummage through my room and read my letters and journal. One day I asked her why she was snooping around in my personal items, and this is what she said, ” I don’t want you getting pregnant at a young age as I did. You ruined my singing career. I wanted a boy anyway to keep the family name. ”

    I remember one of my visits to New Zealand, I was in my late 30′s and a stage 4 cancer survivor. I had immigrated to America, bought my own home, and had a successful Business Consulting career in Boston. My mother said to me, “Prue, why didn’t you develop your singing voice like me? You’ve wasted your whole life. You will never amount to anything. You have always been such a disappointment to your father and me.”

    This statement was very hurtful but I knew how to deal with it this time.

    My father had died years before. He was killed by a young driver as he crossed the street, so my dear dad didn’t have a chance to share his side of the story. My saving grace that day was I knew deep down in my soul that my father would be very proud of my accomplishments. I didn’t react to mother’s statement like I normally did. I didn’t feel sorry for myself. I went to the whispers within and heard my father’s words loud and clear. I felt my feelings and let them go.

    Your wounds don’t have to hurt you anymore. The first thing to do is to look at the wound and understand where it is coming from. Wounds help you become resilient and strong. Don’t keep your wounds in the dark as I did for many years, let them come out so you can have a good hard look at them.

    It’s all about loving yourself enough to take a good look at yourself.

    6 Things to do to start healing your wounds:

    1. Tap into your intuition and pay attention to what you need to heal. Ideas and clues will come out as whispers, feelings, and thoughts. Write them down and take a look at the words. Never ignore your emotions or push them down because this will shut you down from your true beautiful self.

    2. Be careful of self-talk that sounds like self-pity or victim talk. Watch out for anger and dark mood swings. Also, the way you talk to yourself will affect people close to you. People you love. Be strong and change your thoughts mid-stream.

    3. Find loving words to say to yourself to bring you back to peace and harmony. Don’t ever hide who you are. Your vulnerabilities are beautiful. They are the things that wake you up in the night, the feelings you feel that not a soul in the world knows about. The fragile parts of you need to be seen and loved. Don’t cover them up with denial and anger. It causes dis-ease.

    4. Learn to forgive. We all get it wrong sometimes, and we do stupid things that hurt the people we love. When you’re the one who has been hurt, acknowledge it and feel hurt or angry, but don’t use your hurt or anger in a way to keep the power or take control. Let it go.

    5. Perfection: Is perfection weighing you down? We are all far from perfect. Perfection is an illusion and can hold us back from our goals and dreams. We can’t be perfect at everything, so why try. Let it go.

    6. Other people can love you when you let them. Loving yourself first will attract more love into your life. Chances are you’ve had enough criticism and judgment in your life so don’t feed that monster anymore.

    Prue’s thought of the day: ”When you don’t love yourself enough, your inner monster will let you know! Tune in and listen to the whispers.”

    Love you,
    Prue

    http://www.pruesplace.com

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    Cooperation

    Behold how good and how pleasant it is
    for brethren to dwell together in unity!

    ~ Psalm 133:1

    On my first visit to Heaven as an outside consultant to the Board of Directors, I was surprised to see so many angels with only one wing.  I asked one of the angels why he wasn’t healed of his affliction.  He didn’t answer but simply turned and embraced another one-winged angel, and off they flew.  It was so beautiful to see how what we as humans view as an affliction could be turned into a blessing with a little cooperation.

    I was struck by the thought of what humankind could achieve if we all embraced each other and worked together. Imagine a world where we all cooperate with each other; then all our actions would reflect the work of angels.

    When we all learn to work together in harmony, we will be uplifted by our acts and notice our feet are no longer touching the ground.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Getting on the Road to Good Habits

    Hello Lovely You,

    As I sip my tea with little Zuzu lightly snoring next to me, I’m thinking about some changes I need to make in my lifestyle that have become habits.

    We need to change our lifestyle for a lifetime and that is challenging. When we give something up or make a change, we are breaking a habit or addiction and we can find ourselves missing it like a lost friend.

    We, humans, are creatures of habit, and that is why we seek out people, places, and things that remind us of our past or make us feel comfortable. Many of our decisions are based on our history and may not be the healthiest of lifestyles for us now. I know there are many things you have moved away from to heal your life, and I’m sure you miss some of those things but you’re smart enough to know they were not right for you, so you had to endure a time of difficulty to release them. You did it because you love yourself and want to be well.

    Is there something else you need to do to get on the road to good habits?

    I know it’s not easy to change things about your lifestyle but the rewards of a better quality of life without the fear, guilt, pain, and suffering of that habit will be so gratifying.

    You will know when it is time to let go of a habit, and please give your mind, body, and heart time to adjust to the new way of living. It will adapt as it did before as long as you stay focused and believe in your vision of a new healthier and mindful way to live.

    Prue’s quote of the day: ”When we change our lifestyle we will live a better quality of life for a lifetime.”

    Have a wonderful weekend, and please give some deep thought to what I wrote about here today.

    Baby steps will get you on the road to good habits.

    Love you,

    Prue

    https://www.pruesplace.com

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    Family

    Dear All,

    As we head into the traditional fall-winter Holiday Season, once again we think about Family as the anchor keeping us safe from drifting out of sight. But, at some point we come of age and become the captain of our own life, and the first thing we want to do is pull up anchor and sail to the uncertain seas of life’s lessons, and start making our own decisions and choices about what is most important to us and to the well being of the family,

    Now, looking back over decades helping patients take an active role in their cancer treatment and recovery, regaining the sense of empowerment which can be lost during treatment, I realized that they taught me something invaluable—how to really listen, sometimes it’s called active listening.

    I chose poetry to express my thoughts because it can help us see something familiar in a different way.

    Peace,
    Bernie

    Family
    the gift of their existence
    the pain of their difficulties
    that love which cannot be equaled
    nor the pain of being one with another
    Father’s Day
    the gift of creation
    our children
    their children
    immortality
    the future
    incredible
    beyond understanding
    to be a creator
    for eternity

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    Pranic Healing

    Hello lovely you and welcome to Prue’s Place Daily.

    I’m home after a few sunny days relaxing and walking the beautiful white beaches in Florida. We got plenty of Vitamin D and slept to the sound of the ocean. It was a great get-a-way. Little Zuzu was so excited to see us. A big thank you to Mercy, who takes excellent care of her while we are away.

    My tea is steaming, and I’m ready to write.

    The Pineal Gland Series Continues:

    We’ve been talking about the importance of your pineal gland and how it can help not only your physical health, but also your spiritual health. I wanted to end this series by talking about Pranic Healing, which is something that combines your physical body and spiritual or energetic body to bring about balance and healing.

    I am actually certified in Pranic healing, and during my training, they taught us all about the pineal gland. The masters I learned from call the pineal gland the “Blue Pearl.”

    Siddha yoga guru, Swami Muktananda, referred to the blue pearl as “the light that illuminates the mind, that illuminates everything.” Other enlightened ones have said that the blue pearl contains the entire universe and divinity within the individual. We were instructed to meditate upon the blue pearl within to experience our true selves and our real potential. This is the first step to becoming a Pranic healer.

    What is Pranic Healing, Exactly?

    A time will come when science will make tremendous advances, not because of better instruments for discovering things, but because a few people will have at their command great spiritual powers, which at the present are seldom used. Within a few centuries, the art of spiritual healing will be increasingly developed and universally used.”

    • Gustaf Stromberg, scientist, astronomer, author

    Prana is the Sanskrit word for lifeforce. You may have heard the Chinese refer to this lifeforce energy as ‘chi.’ From this force, everything is created. To change something that has been created, such as a disease, you don’t do it through physical means but through energetic or spiritual means.

    Pranic healing is a natural healing system that uses prana to heal illness. Someone can use Pranic healing on you, and you can use it on yourself. It is truly empowering.

    Have You Ever Met Your Own Lifeforce?

    You are reading this blog post, so you know you are alive. But are you filled with your own life force? You were as a child. That’s why so many people love being around small children, because they are full to the brim of a special divine energy; they are filled with their lifeforce.

    But we get to a certain age and everyday life sucks our life force right out of us. We become filled with a kind of fake energy. Kind of like the difference between the energy we feel after 2 cups of coffee vs the energy we feel after a great night of sleep. One is real, one is fake.

    Everything is Made of Energy

    While your body and the world around you looks solid, everything is actually made of energy and all of this energy is vibrating at different frequencies. The interesting thing about energy is, it cannot be created or destroyed – it can only be transformed.

    Think about that.

    Not only does this mean your lifeforce goes on after death, but it also means that while still alive, you can transform negative energy into positive energy; dis-ease into health. Once you truly understand that your body is not really physical like you think it is but energetic, you begin to recognize the power of Pranic HEALING which is ENERGY healing. Transform your energy, transform your health and life!

    The chakras are the energy centers of your body and your pineal gland is the top crown chakra. It acts like a sensor – sensing the prana or energy in everything. Through meditation and experimentation, you will become more aware of your own energy and the energy in all things.

    Getting Started with Pranic Healing at Home

    Trained Pranic healers do not use their own energy to heal others; they access and transmit universal energy to their patient using specific frequencies and techniques for specific diseases and conditions. Nobody else can really heal your body, but your body can heal itself. Think about it: surgeons can cut parts out and ER docs can put a cast on a broken arm, but they do NOT heal you, your body heals all by itself. This is lifeforce energy or prana at work. Tapping into Prana taps into your body’s innate ability to heal itself at all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

    While I encourage you to find a certified Pranic healer in your area to work with, you can actually get started by yourself at home.

    The first thing we are taught in Pranic healing is that without lifeforce or life energy, no healing can take place. So where do we get this lifeforce energy from? Well of course, from the one divine source and creator, but it comes to us via different channels: the food we eat, the sun, air and earth, and also from the people in our lives.

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    Wish Upon a Start

    You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.

    ~ Richard Bach

    One of my favorite songs speaks of wishing upon a star.  It tells us that it does not matter who you are, you will still obtain your heart’s desire.  I know that when our hearts are one with our dreams, nothing is impossible.  As the song says, “Everything your heart desires will come to you.”

    What would be the purpose of dreaming, if dreams never came true?  They are not fantasy; they are goals we need to reach out for.  I am talking of the dreams of the heart of which the song lyrics speak.  If your heart is in your dreams, you cannot be dreaming the wrong dreams, and you will have the power to make them come true.

    Never stop dreaming the dreams of your heart’s desires.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Our Will is Powerful Whether We Want to Live or Die

    Good morning, lovely you!

    I was in Miami last week at the funeral of a young 37-year-old woman, who decided many months ago to sabotage her precious life. I knew this young woman, and it was a somber farewell. She had everything she could ever want for in this life and some. Her father would have bought her the world if she asked for it. Unfortunately, she decided she didn’t want to live, so there was absolutely NOTHING we could do to help her. Love, caring, support, all the money in the world, NOTHING anyone could do to change her destiny.

    It didn’t matter how many private therapy sessions, holistic programs – mindfulness courses or prescriptions. There was nothing anyone could do to change her mind. She didn’t want to live.

    Our WILL is powerful, whether we want to live or die. We are all masters of our own destiny.

    It was a Jewish funeral, and a metaphysical spiritualist gave the Eulogy. That would be me. After the service, the Rabbi came up to me and complimented me on a fantastic speech. This young women’s father and sister told me I caught their daughter/sister’s essence so well They told me I was in the wrong profession and needed to be a motivational speaker. A friend of the deceased who attended the funeral called his friend in Boston who trains people for Ted Talks and put my name forward. Is this a sign? Maybe I need to do more public speaking engagements. I am willing to open up my heart and let spirit guide the way.​

    This is how I ended my eulogy:

    Please repeat “Karen, We Let You Go” after each line:

    Into the freedom of wind and sunshine,

    “Karen, we let you go.”

    Into the dance of the stars and the planets

    “Karen, we let you go.”

    Into the wind’s breath and the hands of the star maker

    “Karen, we let you go.”

    We love you, we miss you, we want you to be happy

    “Karen, we let you go.”

    Go safely, go dancing, go running home

    “Karen, we let you go.”

    Today, we know you are intertwined with the Infinite spirit and for this:

    “Karen, we let you go.”

    Karen, you are free to soar above the oceans and sky.

    Fly high with the angels and let God shower you with love.

    Peace be with you.

    We continue today with our series: Finding Enlightenment

    How is your journey toward obtaining enlightenment for healing going? Though none of us will probably ever reach the kind of enlightenment ancient masters reached, we can still gain a wealth of wisdom that will help us transform our health and the rest of our lives.

    But I know the path toward enlightenment is riddled with stones and tree roots, just waiting for us to trip on. I have tripped and fallen many times myself. There is nothing to be ashamed of about falling. The key is to get up, dust yourself off, and keep going toward the light.

    In my experience and the experience of many people I’ve spoken to over the years, there are some common roadblocks to enlightenment, and I’m going to share some of those with you now.

    Click here to find out more

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