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    Dr. Bernie Siegel broke new ground with his monumental book Love, Medicine and Miracles. Today Bernie continues to impart wisdom about the true nature of life and love in his entertaining and enlightening debut fiction novel Three Men, Six Lives. A grand adventure born of Bernie's experience of his current and past lives awaits you. Learn more     Available now in bookstores everywhere. Order your copy online today at:  Sacred Stories Publishing, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.
    Go on a journey of wonder and grace with NY Times bestselling author Bernie Siegel, MD and his grandson, Charlie Siegel. Open your heart as grandfather and grandson weave a conversation of love across the generations, sharing what it means to see beyond the challenges of life to the beauty in life’s lessons. Learn more     Available now in bookstores everywhere. Order your copy online today at:  Sacred Stories Publishing, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.
    Introducing Dr. Bernie Siegel's new book, No Endings, Only Beginnings. Bernie Siegel is the author of many books on the healing power of the body and the spirit, but this time he wants encourage readers not only to learn from his life and advice, but to create their own manuals for living as well. With the quotes that have filled the pages of his journals and the lessons he has gleaned from them over the years, this book serves as inspiration for readers to assemble their own book of collected wisdom--and their own understanding of the answers to life's big questions. Learn more     Available now in bookstores everywhere. Order your copy online today at:  Barnes & NobleAmazon or Hay House.
    Introducing Bernie Siegel's new audio download, Daily Meditations for Optimal Health. Selected for Dr. Bernie Siegel’s Prescriptions for Living best-selling series, these recordings are a combination of guided imagery, auto-hypnosis and meditations that relieve stress, open the heart, and deeply heal your mind, body and spirit. Learn more.     Available now. Order your copy online today at:  Hay House.
  • The Art of Healing Support Group

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    The group meets on the first Friday of every month from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time. You may access the teleconference by dialing into the conferencing service at: 1-857-232-0158. Then enter Conference code 379552 and you will be connected to the group.

    This free phone support group will bring people together who are experiencing health challenges and create a community devoted to emotional, physical and spiritual wellness. With the help of Dr. Bernie Siegel’s sage wisdom, patients can find hope and healing as they embark on their path forward. By participating in this group, you may learn to embrace each and every challenge in your life as an opportunity for self-transformation.

    HOST: Dr. Bernie Siegel is a writer and retired pediatric and general surgeon who writes and teaches about mind-body medicine and the relationship between the patient and the healing process. He is internationally known for his best-selling book, “Love, Medicine and Miracles”. In 1978 he founded Exceptional Cancer Patients, a specific form of individual and group therapy utilizing patient’s drawings, dreams, images and feelings. ECaP helped to facilitate personal lifestyle changes and personal empowerment of the individual’s life. He has been a global pioneer in improving and humanizing medical education and medical care.

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  • A Message From Bernie

    the blue sky is where God and consciousness exist
    the bright yellow sun represents our energy source
    and when they combine the healthy green growth fills the earth
    and when you find harmony with and in life you become like the healing rainbow
    and your consciousness heals you and your body

    Peace, Bernie

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  • A Special Post for Father’s Day

    Letter to Bernie

    Hi Dad,
    I hope things are going well for you. I wanted to wish you good things for this season of maximum daylight; may the literal light help bring you all the good things that come with spiritual light and figurative light, and then I noticed that this year the solstice is on the same day as that much newer holiday—Father’s Day.

    Happy Father’s Day ~ you have given me more emotional support, and more emotional nourishment, in the relatively few minutes we have communicated than my birth certificate father ever did in an entire lifetime. Thanks, Dad.

    By the way, I recently came across a description of a relatively new diagnosis that, from what I was able to find, describes the ‘gift’ my parents conspired to give me—Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. After the probate court decided to uphold his last piece of child abuse, I found a tape recording I made when he harassed me while I was flat on my back with a severe Lyme disease infection. Now that I know what gaslighting is, the gaslighting was so thick I felt physically ill listening to it.

    Dad, you are one of the people I am very glad I met in this lifetime. You did me an immense amount of good with very little action in a very short time. And, you have never stopped being good for me.

    I love you, Dad.
    Have a great Father’s Day.
    ~ Peace

    Bernie’s Response

    Your email is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received.

    Bless you, and spread the word and the love.

    Peace & Love,
    Bernie, your Bdad      (Bdad = Bonus dad)

    Ostrich Dad is a Great Running Teacher

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    It’s Time to Make Yourself a Priority

    This is a guest post by Prudence Sinclair.

    “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
    ~Maya Angelou

    Good morning, lovely you.

    When was the last time you put yourself first? Are you really racking your brain right now trying to think of the last time? If so, be sure to read every word of this blog post because it is directed at YOU.

    Many of us have a need to be needed. We are taught growing up that it is our responsibility to take care of others. That being selfless is a virtue.

    Some of us had younger siblings that were thrust upon us, and some of us had parents that acted more like kids, and so we stepped into the parental role early in life and we learned that other people’s needs were more important than our own.

    And so we spend a good chunk of our lives always putting others’ needs before our own. At first, it’s not so bad. The people in our world really appreciate us. It feels good to do good for others, and we learn to define ourselves but what and how much we give.

    Over time, all of this giving begins to feel not as good as it once did. While we give relentlessly to others, we can’t help but notice that not all (or any) of the people in our lives give quite as much back.

    We begin to spread ourselves too thin. We say “Yes” when we desperately mean “No.” Instead of feeling good about giving so much to others, we begin to feel tired and resentful. Depleted. Completely worn out.

    Can you relate?

    Somewhere deep inside of you do you believe that your worth is entirely based on pleasing other people? Supporting them? Solving their problems?

    Let me say something to you right now…

    Besides your children, no one is your responsibility. Other people’s problems aren’t yours to fix. The world will continue to revolve if you begin to say “No” more often.

    And most importantly… you have worth because you are YOU. Your worth comes from God, not from your good deeds. In order for you to really feel this worth, YOU’VE got to prove it to yourself by focusing your love and attention on YOU.

    Shower yourself with love and good deeds.

    Here are some ways you can start making yourself a priority:

    Say Good Riddance to Guilt

    I don’t know who invented guilt (besides mothers). Your first order of business is to stop feeling guilty for putting yourself first. The truth is, the more you put yourself first, the more you not only get used to it but LIKE how it feels, and that guilt will be a thing of the past.

    Give Yourself Quiet Time Each Day

    If you’re someone who has always put others first, you may not even know your own wants and needs. To get to know yourself better, be sure you allow yourself some quiet time ach day to just BE with yourself to think your thoughts and feel your feelings. If you are a busy mom or dad you don’t need to set an hour aside a day, but be sure to have 15-20 minutes of just you time. In this time try and breathe deep, center yourself and relax. Let whatever thoughts and feelings come and don’t judge them. Just experience them.

    Take Your Power Back

    Catering to others’ whims and needs for years required you to give up your power and control. It’s time to take that back. Understand that YOU have the power to change those things in your life that no longer suit you. YOU have the power to say no and the power to walk away from those people and situations that devalue you, exhaust you and bring you down.

    Like Yourself More

    Every day, find something about yourself that you really like. These things can be big or small. You may like your eye color, that you’re a good cook or that you have a great sense of humor. You may like that you are never late, are creative, or are patient with children. It doesn’t matter what it is, just find something and celebrate YOU.

    Take Care of Yourself

    To make yourself a priority you must make your HEALTH and WELL-BEING a priority. This means eating foods that are actually good for you (not processed garbage), getting plenty of exercise and rest, and spending time with people who make you feel valuable just for being you.

    Life is short. And it’s also long, depending on how you feel about things. And for BOTH of these reasons it’s important to spend your moments on this planet being kind to yourself and making yourself a priority. When you love yourself and take care of yourself, you will be in far better shape and able to love and help others when you can. And you’ll do so because you WANT to, not because you feel you should.

    Prue
    http://www.prudencesinclair.com

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    Q & A with Bernie – June 14, 2021

    QUESTION FOR BERNIE:

    Hi Bernie!

    I had a dream last night; I don’t remember the entire thing. I don’t want to send you a very long e-mail. I’m sending you a little about the dream, because I am wondering if it is supporting what your interpretation of the drawings is saying, and my intuition picked up. I don’t remember the entire dream; I was on my way to a concert, to hear live music.

    In the dream:
    Someone tossed small pieces of white translucent plastic-like material at my forearm and it stuck. They walked away. I didn’t know what it was, but a man I was talking to about the concert seemed to – I don’t remember him telling me what it was.

    “I’ll take that” he said. He took three (3) of the rounder small pieces; they were shaped kind of like beads, with holes in the middle. In my drawing, I had drawn those circles.

    The man had a beard and mustache, longer and dark brown hair. While he was speaking casually to me – not in a religious or “Holy” way, I think this was Jesus. That is my guess. He was wearing sandals, but was dressed for modern times.

    He told me to go enjoy the concert. I realized I didn’t know where the other pieces that I had seen had gone to.

    I keep going back to “3″ because “3″ kept showing up in my drawings as you said—and I had that intuitive feeling I mentioned to you.

    I meet with the oncologist this week. I’m not going to tell her about the dream – BUT I think having the dream Saturday night is very encouraging, because I need to call them Monday to try to get a Tuesday or Wednesday appointment.

    Thanks, Bernie.

    BERNIE’S ANSWER:

    I like the image of going to hear live music and that the number “3” is repeated—as in the Trinity.  That sounds good to me.

    Also, the color white can be a cover up, and it can be a good sign to have some taken away.  Let me know how your oncologist visit goes.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Creativity

    It is something one does alone…and to recognize and accept that, and stop asking how, is to take the first step in our own creativity.
    ~ Michael Drury

    Have you ever stopped to think that God didn’t have a blueprint for creation?  Though we complain about life’s imperfections and difficulties, let’s be honest, God did a Heaven of a job, considering.

    We are all creators; we just need to tap into that divine place within ourselves that inspires us.  When you know yourself and what you desire, you will be creative too.  You will be compelled to do whatever it will take to accomplish your goal.  You won’t ask how, you will just do.

    After a concert a woman once rushed up to violinist Fritz Kreisler exclaiming, “I’d give my life to play as you do!”  Kreisler answered somberly, “I did.”

    What would you like to create? Be yourself and have the courage to create. If you get tired take a day of rest.  Our Creator did.

    Peace,
    - Bernie

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    What If You Don’t Need to be Fixed?

    This is a guest post by Prudence Sinclair.

    Hello, lovely you!

    I hope you had an amazing weekend and smooth start to your week.

    You know that old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” Well, I believe this saying speaks truthfully to the human condition.

    Before my cancer diagnosis over 30 years ago, I was always in pursuit of a better life and a better version of me. I tried to lose weight, have better skin, make better friends, find better lovers and more satisfying work. I NEVER lived in the moment, in my actual reality, because I was always wrestling with my life in my mind, contorting it… getting it to yell “UNCLE!” so it would stop fighting me and just do what I wanted.

    And then I was given 6 month to live.

    And my life came to a screeching halt.

    Suddenly I didn’t care about having a perfect body. I just wanted one that was healthy.

    Suddenly I didn’t care about having the perfect life. I just wanted to live.

    Sometimes it takes staring death in the face to have the realization that you and your life are precious and perfect just the way they are.

    Drop the Shoulds

    On my healing journey, one of the first things I did was stop using the word “should.” I stopped feeling like I SHOULD be doing something differently or I SHOULDN’T feel the way I did.

    I let go of should and expectations and simply observed my life for what it really was.

    This was so incredibly freeing and as soon as I was able and willing to accept myself and my life as is, perceived flaws and all, I was able to connect with my soul and my higher purpose. When we stop chasing SHOULDS and stop trying to fix things that aren’t broken, we can begin to truly LIVE.

    Be Here – Right Now

    The endless need and pursuit of fixing ourselves and our life is a way we can escape from our own pain and past traumas. It’s essentially busy work. While I believe in self-help and self-growth, there is part of me that wonders and worries if this entire movement hasn’t become a big money-making industry that is perhaps doing more harm than good.

    Yes, growth is a good thing, but the feeling that you will never “get there” or never quite “be good enough” is detrimental.

    What if we could all simultaneously come to the conclusion that we are enough as is? What if we not only accepted ourselves fully but also began to believe that everything might be absolutely okay just the way it is?

    What if we could find the courage to put down the busy workand be right here, right now, in this perfect moment?

    It’s Time to Reframe Your Perspective

    We all have our ideas of what our life should look and feel like, and if it currently doesn’t look and feel like it does in our minds, then something must be wrong.

    What we don’t take into account is that life is going to do what life is going to do. You can eat the perfect diet, exercise, meditate each and every day, and on and on and on, and that DOESN’T mean you will never have a bad day – will never experience physical or emotional pain – will never suffer.

    The Buddha is quoted as having said, “Life is suffering.” As typically happens, much of his meaning was lost in translation. Scholars say a more accurate interpretation of what the Buddha was trying to say is, “Life does not always satisfy.”

    Life will always include old age, sickness and death.

    Life will not always give us what we want, and this is frustrating.

    And no matter what religion or spiritual practice we are committed to, not much will alleviate the suffering of being a stranger on a strange planet and without clue of “what’s out there” or what happens after death.

    I can tell you firsthand that life becomes far more satisfying, enjoyable and rewarding when we can reframe our point of view and instead of trying to fix ourselves and our life, we instead come to the profound realization that there is nothing to fix, there is nothing to do, there is nothing to become.

    Stop Fixing – Start Loving

    Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to try an experiment. Throughout your days, try to let go of the need to fix yourself and your life. Now let’s be clear, I am not giving you permission to smoke 3 packs of cigarettes a day and eat fast food. Can we be more reasonable than that? Can we please rely on common sense? Yes, we NEED to take care of ourselves so if your diet and lifestyle choices are unhealthy, by all means FIX THAT.

    What I am talking about is all of the other “stuff.” All of the judgements and criticisms and comparisons. Drop those. Stop seeing yourself and your life as something that needs fixing and simply start loving yourself and your life more.

    That’s it.

    That’s the mission. Stop fixing and start loving.

    Prue https://www.prudencesinclair.com

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    Q & A with Bernie – May 31, 2021

    This is a continuation of a Q&A session from an earlier post.

    Response to Bernie’s Request for Drawings for Interpretation

    Hi Bernie,
    Yes, I’m happy to send you drawings! I would welcome you interpreting my drawings. Should I do the 4 drawings you suggest in your first book Love, Medicine & Miracles, or drawings about other topics?

    I continue to get the message in different ways, that I will be 100% healed, that I am here for a purpose, to serve God. I don’t think this necessarily means to be a minister, but to help others in some way.

    Thank you very much for sending me information about The Healing Group. I will add it to my schedule. As long as I don’t have a medical appointment I will gladly come to your group! I hope you are enjoying the weekend.

    I will send you drawings in the mail at the end of next week or early next week, when a friend can put them in the mail. I am ordering markers and they will be delivered most likely by Wednesday so I can color my drawings.

    I’m reading your books and just got your audio of meditations to heal the immune system, your guided imagery is very interesting. I just started with your audio, am going to try to do this daily.

    I have a second opinion on Tuesday. Most likely, I will go with the second opinion, but I do want to verbally hear what they have to say. I’m bringing a family member with me. My current oncologist is excellent, but I’m already being described as “an interesting case” – so my gut reaction is to go somewhere where they have more experience and have seen more “interesting cases” this is just my feeling. I am grateful to have alternatives and options because I know a lot of people do not have any type of choice at all, so trying to maintain an attitude of gratitude during this stressful time. :)

    Thank you for your time and help, I look forward to seeing you and meeting everyone at your healing group in another week or two.

    Response to Bernie

    Hi Bernie! My drawings are in the mail to you – in a purple envelope!

    I put letters on each of them, and a short description in a letter to you of what the drawing is about. I also sent to you what has happened in my life in the past couple of years, I know that everyone in the world has had an incredibly stressful time with the pandemic, before COVID I’ve had some serious life stresses. In reading your book, I think these could have been a trigger for where I am, receiving this diagnosis.

    I had my 2nd diagnosis; they would prescribe exactly the same medications, the same doses. No one is now saying I have such a short life expectancy.

    My oncologist said my recent labs were “excellent.” I do your meditation 2x a day, picturing Pac Men going through my body, eating the cancer.

    Thank you for your time and help. I welcome your insight with my drawings. I look forward to seeing you and everyone in the support group via Zoom. Kind regards.

    Bernie’s Response

    I recommend that you use your own images in meditation.

    PAC men can be replaced with your creation.  Some suggestions are:

    • Melting ice
    • Pets eating it up
    • Carrying them away

    Some people have dramatic results when their pet was eating away at their disease.  Another story of the power of our minds and bodies working together is about a conscientious objector who refused treatment when his doctor said,

    “I am going to kill your cancer.”

    The patient responded, “I don’t kill anything,” and he went on to do beautifully carrying the cancer cells away and doing holistic therapies.

    Peace,
    - Bernie

    Response to Bernie

    Oh that’s good! I’ll picture my cat Penguin eating it away. Thank you, I look forward to seeing you and everyone in group!

    Bernie’s Response

    Thank you for sharing your story about finding and doing the things to help you survive and heal.  You exhibit survivor behavior from your active participation in your care to an overall positive attitude and willingness to use drawing as a great way to discover what is really standing in your way—all of this makes you truly a SURVIVOR.

    I mentioned to you that there are no spontaneous remissions, but there are cases of self-induced healing. Your survivor’s healing personality is symbolized by the rainbow colored butterfly in the novel, Cancer Ward, by Solzhenitsyn.

    Thank you for helping us all by sharing your journey.  Keep us updated.

    Peace,
    - Bernie

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    STOP Sabotaging Yourself

    This is a guest post by Prudence Sinclair.

    Hello, lovely YOU!

    Happy Wednesday!

    I got an email over the weekend from a friend of mine whom I hadn’t seen in a few months. The last time I saw her she looked AMAZING. She had lost a lot of weight and had begun weightlifting, so her body was starting to really look like a lean machine. In my friend’s email, she had attached a photo of herself with her family and I almost didn’t recognize her. In just 5 or 6 months she must have put on close to 25 pounds!!

    I’ve known this person a while and for as long as I’ve known her this has been her modus operandi. She loses a lot of weight, and then “something happens” and she gains it all back and then some. Back and forth like this for years.

    We’ve talked about it in the past and she recognizes that she uses food to self-soothe when she is facing stress and life challenges. But having known her now for years, I think there is more to it. I think she gets close to reaching her goal and then sabotages all of her efforts. WHY does she do this? Only she can really know that. I can tell you that some of the stress that enters her life comes from odd/not-so-great choices she makes. Are these choices a form of sabotage??

    Can you relate? Do you often find yourself asking, “Why do I keep doing this?” or “Why does this keep happening to me?”

    Many of us feel that our life is being run by programs instead of by our own thoughts and what is actually best for us. And this is what causes us to make the same not-so-great choices over and over again that land us in poor health, dire straits and bad relationships.

    Why Do People Self-Sabotage?

    At one point in our lives, some of us found ourselves in situations that were very toxic and/or traumatic. In these scenarios we were forced to adapt and make choices that helped us cope and survive. For instance, you may have grown up in an abusive/dysfunctional family where certain behaviors helped you cope. But now, as an independent adult, you still use these ingrained patterns of behavior even though they are no longer necessary and even though they no longer serve you.

    Another common reason for self-sabotage is the fear of failure. It’s easier to blame something else outside of yourself for your failure than it is to accept the blame. Some people want to avoid failure all-together, and so they don’t even try to go for their dream job or dream relationship in the first place. You can’t fail if you don’t try!

    And finally, some people self-sabotage because they have a big need for being in control. If you’ve ever been in a home or relationship that felt unsafe and unstable, then you know how important it is to feel in control. Self-sabotage can often provide this need for control. You may lose that dream job or ideal partner, or you may gain significant weight, but at least YOU’RE calling the shots. And if you’re calling the shots, then you are no longer vulnerable!

    Common Ways We Self-Sabotage

    There are many different ways people self-sabotage:

    Playing the Blame Game

    When we are always pointing the finger at others, we do not allow for self-reflection to determine our part in how our life unfolds. This prevents true learning and growth.

    Quitting

    At the first sign things aren’t going smoothly, do you jump ship? While there are always valid reasons for leaving jobs and relationships, there may be something more going on.

    Procrastination

    Do you start a project but never really finish? Are you prone to putting things off? Do you have a hard time managing your time? Do you doubt your ability to complete the task and so decide to not even start it?

    Picking Fights

    Are you always ready for a good argument? Do you tend to be passive-aggressive instead of gravitating toward open and honest communication? Undermining yourself and harming your relationships is one of the BIGGEST ways we self-sabotage.

    How Can You STOP Sabotaging Yourself?

    Changing our behavior is never an easy task, but it is totally possible. Your first step is to recognize your own actions. This will be painful because no one likes to discover that THEY are their own worst enemy; that THEY are why their life has become so chaotic and unbalanced.

    Start by looking at those areas of your life where things tend to regularly go wrong. See if you find behavioral patterns. As an example, do you have a pattern of leaving a relationship once the other person says, “I love you?” Do you quit your job right before that annual review comes up?

    Make a Connection

    One you begin to see some behavioral patterns, see if you can make a connection to where that behavior originated. Does your fear of abandonment and resulting detachment from relationships stem from childhood? Does your need to act out come from a past toxic relationship where you felt like you were never heard or seen?

    I and others I’ve worked with have found it extremely helpful to keep a journal and write down all of your thoughts, self-discoveries and any emotions that come up during this process.

    Recognize You are Human

    If your self-sabotage comes from a fear of failure, it’s important to recognize that, as a human being, you are flawed just like the rest of us. Failure is a part of life. Failure is what helps us grow and learn. It is incredibly important that you begin to get comfortable with failure. Once you do, you may become unstoppable!

    Final Thoughts

    So much of my life’s work has been to help people save their lives from cancer and other chronic diseases. To me, self-sabotage is a mental form of cancer that can and will absolutely destroy your life.

    If you are willing to take an honest look at yourself and your behavior, and if you are willing to face your past, you can stop sabotaging yourself and live a life that brings you joy, peace and fulfillment.

    Check out http://berniesiegelmd.com/2019/08/q-a-with-bernie-…

    With love,

    Prue https://www.prudencesinclair.com

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    Q & A with Bernie – May 24, 2021

    QUESTION FOR BERNIE:

    Hello Dr. Bernie Siegel,

    I was diagnosed last week on Monday, and likely sent you the message sometime after that. So you may have not even had a chance to read it. In my late 20′s and mid 30′s my therapist and spiritual mentor mentioned to me that she was your first Exceptional Patient, that she survived having a diagnosis of terminal cancer, was expected to live only 6 months. I attended her funeral in 2007, and she had lived for more than 35 years following that original diagnosis and died from pneumonia, not cancer.

    I was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer last Monday, I have very small amounts on both of my hip bones and in my sternum and am considered an “interesting case.” Tulia helped me to develop my intuition and spiritually as well, not just therapy/counseling. In December I was leaving my oncologist’s office and heard my intuitive voice say “your doctor is going to save your life” I challenged the voice by saying “well, she’s already doing that, she does tests, labs, she monitors me, she’s already saving my life” and the voice repeated itself “your doctor is going to save your life.” So in February, when she called me to order a PET scan and MRIs, I kind of felt like the knowing recipient of a surprise birthday party – I knew “something” was headed my way, even if I didn’t know the entire story!!!!! :)

    When my doctor gave me my life expectancy, I shook my head at her very intelligent, authoritative voice, and told her about the intuitive voice. Her eyes widened a little. I reminded her that I had said to her when she was ordering the tests that “whether you see something that has to be monitored, or we catch something or something that makes an interesting journal article, I want you to know that I have a feeling that everything is going to be okay” I could tell she remembered me saying this to her. I said to her “I’ve predicted marriages, babies, I didn’t invest in Enron, I didn’t get in an elevator that got stuck 10 minutes later. I think this one is going to go a bit differently than you expect it to.” She then made a nice comment about listening to her intuition and I realized that she was receptive to what I was saying, even if it was a bit out of the box.

    Bernie, I am writing to you to kindly ask for advice. I know you are very busy and respect your time. I know I’m going to need to make a lot of lifestyle changes. I’m going to need to change to an 80% plant based diet. I have the sense there are other changes I will need to make. This is not like a kid’s magic trick, I realize she is not saving my life on her own. Some of my medical professionals or others have remarked about my confidence or positive attitude and I’ve said “this is not either of those. This is outside of me. I am still the anxious, neurotic person I’ve always been who worries about taking the elevator down a couple of flights and opening the milk. This feeling I have – it exists from a place that is beyond me, that is the only way to describe it.” I am willing to do the work it takes to be here. I know I am here for a purpose.

    1. I keep getting intuitive messages about my recovery. Some of them kind of astonish me. For example, my oncologist told me “you can’t take vitamins” and I have a big bottle. My intuition told me “hold on to them, you’ll be taking them soon.”  I am not clueing everyone “in” on my other messages—I don’t want to overwhelm anyone. Is this common to receive information like this, or is this happening, because I am intuitive? For now….I am hanging on to the vitamins! :)
    2. Very few people in my personal life know that I am stage 4. I had told people I was getting the biopsy and when they’ve inquired about the results, I’ve responded with “the breast cancer has returned and is treatable,” because the way they interact with me with that information is so drastically different than if they knew the truth. Two of the people who know the truth have taken me for an ice cream cone, which sounds very nice, but that is a fond memory I shared in early 2020 at my Mom’s funeral, so I know they are thinking about me, well….you know…….so obviously, I do not want to eat too much ice cream and am keeping the list of in the know people small, and am reminding people they are not buying a dying woman ice cream!!!
    3. I know I have a purpose for being here, but am not 100% sure what it is. Have you had other people feel this way? This comes through strong too – that I have a purpose. I love to do creative things. I have some people in my life I care about. But none of them stands out as “the” purpose.
    4. I am reading your book Love, Medicine and Miracles. I bought your 2nd book but have not started it yet, am re-reading your 1st book to fully absorb the messages. Are there any current books or audios that you would recommend?

    Bernie, I truly do not know why the message comes so strongly that I will survive this. If you met me in person, you would realize that I am not entirely a confident person, I am a person with an anxiety disorder. The fact that this message comes through so definite – and repeatedly in different ways, have you had exceptional patients have experiences like this?

    Thank you for your time and help. I will say that reading the start of your book, I can truly say that your message has reached far and wide. I’ve told all of my doctors that I’ve spoken to about my intuitive voice and none of them have questioned it or said anything about my life expectancy other than that I will survive. Thank you and God bless you for helping so many people to heal themselves and for medical people to learn a perspective about healing.

    Again, I do understand and respect if you do not have time to respond. I am simply trying to find all of the answers, all of the solutions to understand as much as I could. Thank you very much.

    BERNIE’S ANSWER:

    Where do you live?  Can I get you to do drawings I can interpret to guide you with intuitive wisdom? Also, read my books, visit my website, and know there is hope—have faith.

    Try THE HEALING GROUP, third Wednesday of the month at 12:30pm Eastern Time zone:

    Dial in number 720-740-9664; access code 2039616.

    Peace,
    Bernie

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    Ikigai – Waking up to Joy

    This is a guest post by Prudence Sinclair.

    What is Ikigai?

    Good morning, lovely YOU!

    I hope you had a relaxing weekend full of peace and relaxation. And I hope you can sustain these feelings through this workweek.

    Having worked in the people business/human resource management for decades, I know firsthand that many, MANY people simply HATE their job. My background is in the corporate world and I have witnessed just how stressed and empty individuals can become when they spend their days, weeks, months and years doing work that brings them an income, but no joy or purpose.

    We have been led to believe that “work” is something you do whether you like it or not, and the rest of your life is the “stuff” you can actually enjoy. But think about how much time we spend at our jobs and careers! A third or more!!!

    Are we REALLY expected to spend one-third or more of our lives doing unfulfilling work that brings only stress or boredom instead of joy and meaning?!

    Introducing Ikigai: A Tool to Find Your Joy and Purpose

    Ikigai is a Japanese concept that helps people find meaning and purpose in their life. And some researchers believe this concept is what has resulted in longevity for the people of Okinawa, Japan. In fact, National Geographic reporter Dan Buettner suggests that because of ikigai, Okinawans have little to no desire to ever retire, but instead spend their entire lives doing work that has meaning and purpose! Can you imagine how lovely life would feel if every day you got out of bed with joy, meaning and purpose!! Of course you would want to live to 100 and longer!

    Okay, so what is ikigai exactly and how can you use it to your benefit?

    Ikigai is believed to have evolved from the traditional Japanese health and wellness medicine principals. In Japan, they believe (and have for thousands for thousands of years!) that one’s physical well-being is entirely dependent on their mental and emotional well-being and sense of purpose in life. Gee, what a novel concept!

    Japanese psychologist Michiko Kumano has stated that ikigai is “a state of wellbeing that arises from devotion to activities one enjoys, which also brings a sense of fulfillment.”

    This is NOT the same thing as a life that merely brings one pleasure. It is deeper than that. Making a ton of money can bring you pleasure. Ikigai focuses on a life WELL LIVED.

    Ken Mogi, a neuroscientist and author of Awakening Your Ikigai, translates ikigai as simply meaning “a reason to get up in the morning” or, more poetically, “waking up to joy.

    Don’t you just love that? Waking up to joy!!

    Now you might be thinking, “But what does this have to do with my job or career? If I want to wake up to joy I would have to win the lottery so I never had to work again!”

    The wonderful thing about the concept of ikigai is that is does NOT refer to your own personal joy, but rather, it is work that brings you joy while at the same time serves others and society at large. It’s about the greatest win/win you can imagine!

    And yes, the Japanese believe that EVERY human being has an ikigai, meaning their intersection of passion, talent, and potential to benefit others. You simply have to find what that intersection is.

    Finding Your Ikigai

    To find your ikigai, you’ve got to think about four specific areas of your life and where and how they overlap. These four areas are:

    • What you love – What activities bring you the most joy and make you feel ALIVE?
    • What you’re good at – What skills or talents do you possess?
    • What the world needs – This can mean the actual world at large 0and it can also mean your local community and any other group in between.
    • How these 3 can earn you an income – Now to find the balance of all three areas. You may be passionate about rock climbing, and you may be excellent at it, but it’s doubtful that anyone will pay you to do it. But then again, they may! To be safe, it’s best to focus on the skills you possess that make you feel alive that are in demand and help people in same way.

    What are some examples of living an Ikigai kind of life?

    Think about someone who has a real passion for cooking. They have had a knack for cooking or baking since they were young and it is an activity they enjoy immensely. And just about everyone is willing to pay for a delicious meal someone else cooked. Feeding others delicious food made with love is one terrific example of the intersection of Ikigai.

    There are many people who have always had a love and passion for animals. And they are also very good at science and good handling animals. These people may become veterinarians or marine biologists or zoologists, combining their passion, love, skills and getting paid for it while helping the world at large.

    If you have trouble recognizing the four areas of your life, here are some questions to ask to get your mind thinking in the right direction:

    • What did you enjoy doing as a child?
    • What are some of your favorite hobbies currently?
    • What do you think are your talents?
    • What would other people say your strengths are? (Go ahead and ask your friends and family!)
    • Who or what inspires you?
    • What is something that annoys or frustrates you? (this may help you identity what the world needs. If you are pained others might be as well!)
    • What service or product could you offer others that combines your passion, skills and concerns?

    Here is a helpful image I found online that will help guide you on finding your own Ikigai intersection.

    Spend some time thinking about this. When you feel the answer in your gut, you are brought to tears, when you have an inner sense of peace, you will know, without a shadow of a doubt, you have found your Ikigai, your own meaning and sense of purpose.

    You can also pray or meditate and ask the ministry of angels, your archangels, your guides and runners to show you a sign.

    Try this…

    “I’m taking this time to create my day and affecting the quantum field. As is fact, the observers are watching over me, and there is a spiritual aspect to myself. Show me a sign today that you paid attention to anyone of the things I create, and bring that in a way that I won’t expect, so, I’m surprised in my ability to experience these things, and make sure it is in a way that I have no doubt that it has come from you.”

    Life is way too short not to find your Ikigai.

    With love and joy,

    Prue

    Https://www.prudencesinclair.com

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    Sweetheart

    The small courtesies sweeten life;
    the greater ennoble it
    .
    ~ CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE

    My wife called me “sweetheart” a few minutes ago, as she came into the room where I was working. I teased her by asking, “Why are you calling me sweetheart?”

    “Because you are,” she answered.

    The beauty of the word really came through to me for the first time.  For someone to be a sweetheart in your life is an incredible gift.  We are more often dealing with broken hearts and chest pains instead of something that sweetens the life experience of the heart.

    A life full of sweethearts would be good for anyone’s health.  Stop and think about all the people in your life who are your sweet hearts and notice how your body feels when you do this.  If you can’t think of anyone, don’t blame the world.  Take responsibility and go sweeten some hearts for your sake and theirs.

    See how many people you can be a sweetheart to today, and remember; no artificial sweeteners allowed.

    Peace,
    - Bernie

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