A Message To You From DKOT

Hello to all of you who’ve read the opening section to DKOT’s upcoming book

It’s All About Overcoming Fear

He’s still working on it, making sure it meets his literary standards as well as his witty delivery.

I’m not as witty as DKOT is…

…but when he asked me to work on this project with him, I knew it could change lives. Everyone deserves to experience well-being! Sometimes help arrives when and where you least expect it. Embrace it: It’s a gift from the universe. A gift you’ve no doubt earned.

While you’re meeting the challenge by using the process, know we’re eager for you to succeed — to know how it is to overcome fear and live without it stealing precious moments from you. Stick with it!

One of us will be back in two weeks or less. (Just sayin!), Barbara

P.S. In the meantime, if you didn’t get around to answering the questions in the last post, please take a few minutes now. Just write down the number of the question and your answer. Then e-mail it to barbfed@ptd.net. Your feedback is important!

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TO ALL THOSE WHO RECEIVED

THE OVERCOMING OF FEAR PREVIEW MATERIAL

Hi! DKOT’S book, It’s All About Overcoming Fear, is making progress. He’s now asking if you’d like to help someone else living with fear by commenting on the (4) questions below. Shy about sharing your experiences in public? Not a problem. You can send your reply in total privacy and request we do not use your full name.

(1) How many times have you used the Overcoming Fear exercise each week? _____

(2) When you used the exercise, did it relieve your fear? _____Yes _____No

If you answered No, do you plan to use it next time? _____Yes _____No

If no, was it because there was not enough privacy in most places to do the exercise? _____

or _____I stopped thinking about it.

(3) How are those who know you’re doing the exercise reacting

_____Supportive _____Skeptical _____Ignoring what you’re doing


Let’s take a few minutes to discover how it is from the other side: Watching someone experience fear as it expresses itself

I was at lunch with a colleague when I first observed the onset of his fear. At the time I had no idea what was happening. Everything seemed usual until a remoteness came over him and all the joy on his face changed. It was as if he was guarding against something I couldn’t see. Something invisible.

Within a few seconds or minutes — I really don’t know because it was as if time stopped — he pushed his chair back from the table, his posture taking on a leisurely casualness. It could be how relaxing — or even mimicking relaxation — helped him get through an episode. I do remember thinking whatever had occurred was over, until I saw the sadness was still in his eyes. He then asked for a check and we left the restaurant.

The drive back was silent, then general conversation. When I look back on that day, I lost an opportunity to learn more about what he had experienced. Not a good judgement on my part. And he didn’t open the conversation. Were years of potential healing missed? Perhaps. But for as long as there’s a now, there’s time. Be a risk taker. Ask the hard questions!

KNOWING OF YOUR EXPERIENCE CAN BE ALL IT TAKES FOR A READER TO CONTACT DKOT AND RECEIVE THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE EXERCISE. PLEASE REPLY!

Blessings, Barbara

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Remembering Eve On Mothers Day: May 8, 2022

“The Fall is really the birth of humankind.
Yes, humankind caused the currant of guilt and atonement into the world,
but it is not an abortive creation of God;
Human beings fulfilled their purpose
— at enormous cosmic risk —
of making possible within themselves
the encounter between good and evil
so evil might be overcome.” St. Thomas Aquinas, Aquinas’ Shorter Summa, Pg 217-226

This quote shines a light on Eve, sacrificing herself through The Fall to save her children from harm. In Christ and Sophia we read how”At the Fall the immaculate astral nature of Eve received the spiritual being worshipped in Egypt as the Goddess Isis and in the Christian Church today as the Mother of God, Queen of Heaven. In the previous study, we spoke of her as the Sophia,”

St.Thomas Aquinas reminds us how two other significant realities impacted mortal beings at The Fall: The virtues inclining us toward righteousness were rescinded at the same time mortal beings were exposed to Earth’s polarity. This required mortal beings, for the first time, to choose between good and evil without a natural inclination to choose good.

Eve’s action was a necessary step if we were to realize our full potential. It’s our challenge to rise above the pull of polarity with its limitations of yes/no thinking — to see the benefit of asking “what if” opening us to the endless possibilities awaiting us. This is our gift as beings made in the Image and Likeness of God.

Another gift bolstered our opportunities. The lost virtues were regained by Jesus’ at his baptism in the Jordan River. Since then we’ve had the benefit of being inclined to righteousness through wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord.

We’ll learn more about Eve when we focus on The Feminine Trinity of mother, daughter and holy soul in a few weeks.

Blessings To All Mothers and Those Who Step In For Them, Barbara

P.S. Remember to sing a song to lighten the minds and hearts of the Ukraine people. They have an instinctive heart resonance with music.

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A Conversation Between Me, Myself and “The New” WordPress.com Blog Program

Oh how comfortable it is to know some things remain the same. But there are times, like this, when change becomes essential. I’ve struggled over this as I faced the new WordPress.com Blog Program. Mind Resistance What if that’s not quite the program”s name? (Pushback) So what!

Mind Resistance But I don’t get a sense of the program’s whole picture. Push Back “There are times when seeing the whole picture is a hindrance. It can be overwhelming.”

“This morning I got up with the mindset of changing my approach. Mind Resistance: “Maybe I should have breakfast first.” Pushback: “You already had breakfast.” Mind Resistance: “Who was this nudging me to sit down for a few minutes and know from gazing at the screen how to take advantage of this new program.” Pushback: “Me!” Mind Resistance: It’s starring me in the face. Push Back: So what!” Then I had a flash! What could possibly be keeping me locked in place? I’ve had good support when stuck. Knowing that should be enough. The worst thing that could happen is Mind Resistance: I might lose my copy. Push Back You haven’t even typed yet.

More Mind Resistance: What if I lose this copy? Pushback: Try it. And even after hitting Preview, the blue box near the upper right corner of the screen (the demon I dared not touch) my copy was intact.

Blessings, Barbara

P.S. Thanks to those who got me over this hurdle.

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Celebrating Easter, April 17, 2022

Easter is a remembrance of Jesus dying on a cross to atone for the errors of mortal beings. It also celebrates how through His birth, death and resurrection, we regained the virtues given us at birth. These are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord. They incline us toward making righteous decisions — decisions in alignment with our true purpose.

What a powerful spiritual circle: the incarnation of the Son of God as the mortal being Jesus; his life, death and resurrection dedicated to atoning for our errors; and through His atonement, the reinstatement of the virtues inclining us toward righteous decisions.

Over time several blogs and blog booklets which focus on Lent, Palm Sunday and Easter have been published here. Some include Imagery complete with a Click and Listen feature, as well as a written narrative of the Imagery. Whichever you choose, know both focus on the spiritual events of this season. You’ll find them in the “Index” to the right, printed in purple.

(You have options on how you use the Click and Listen audio feature: If you want to keep it handy, record the Imagery onto your cell phone or other device.)

Blessings, Barbara

P.S. A reminder to Sing a Song to travel on the wings of angels, strengthening and honoring the Ukraine people. Don’t be shy: Ask others to sing along with you.

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Palm Sunday: Preparing Us For Easter 2022

Mary Anoints Jesus Feet

It’s six days before the Passover, where Lazarus was whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Martha, Lazarus’ sister, waited on them and he was among those at the table. Mary, her sister, also known as Mary Magdalene, brought in a pound of very costly ointment, pure nard. With it she anointed the feet of Jesus, wiping them with her hair. The house was filled with the scent of the ointment when Judas Iscariot, one of the disciples — the man who would betray Jesus — arrived. “Why was the ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” It’s noted in the scripture he said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was in charge of the common fund and helped himself to the contents.” Jesus replied, “Leave her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. You have the poor with you always, you will not have me.” Then Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.

As he approached the city the townspeople went out to greet him with branches of palm shouting Hosanna! Blessed is he coming in the name of the Lord. The King of Israel.

Blessing, Barbara

Don't forget to "Sing a Song." Let music from our voices ride on the wings of angels filling the hearts of the Ukraine people during this devastating time.

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It’s All About Overcoming Fear: A Perfect Mothers Day Gift Or For Anyone Experiencing Fear!

Unwilling to accept his own fear any longer, and before tapping the keys on his computer, this author did his own research, had it scientifically validated, and has a soon-to-be published book about his discoveries. The answer he’s come upon is so simple it’s elegant. Perceptions are at the root of fear. And they can rear their heads at unexpected times. But where is this fear coming from? With no invitation from us, our minds are busy gathering bits of memories which come into our minds unexpectedly. These are perceptions. It’s best you hear what the author has to say about this.

“We do not perceive what is, but rather what is not, because our universe is comprised of unique concepts undetectable to anyone but ourselves. I can point to a chair and say “chair” and I can have you sit in it, but the object generates different concepts in your mind than it does in mine, so I cannot show you my experience of it.” DKOT

The author’s light and often humorous touch of these life-altering findings makes for an enjoyable as well as informative read. If you’ve experienced fear and anxiety yourself, you’ll be encouraged by what he has to say. If not, you’ll become aware of how debilitating fear and anxiety are for others.

I tried Perception and am astounded at how it delivered results in just a few minutes. Give it a try. Right now. What’s a few minutes to improve your life?

Close your eyes for a couple of seconds. Open them…reach out… and pick up an object you can comfortably hold in your hand.

Examine it carefully for four-five seconds and then

Keeping the image of the item in your mind, put it back in its original place.

Next recall the object, seeing as many details as emerge without effort.

Now take a breath and notice how you feel.

My experience was lightness. Others have remarked how they began the exercise when they were feeling anxious and felt a calmness at its conclusion. It’s all good news I’m happy to share with you.

To learn more about Perception before the book is released, go to dkot@wordpress.com.

Blessings, Barbara

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New Imagery Prepares You For Christmas

Welcome to this beautiful season as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Infant Jesus.  This new Imagery series emphasizes how our Imagery is often reflected in our waking life as our waking life is reflected in our images. For example, you may see a child at play in your Imagery and within a few hours or days, see a child who reminds you of your image.  Make note of these experiences.   They are synchronicities and play a valuable role in making decisions in your waking life.  They also validate your images and build your confidence as an imager.

Let’s now review the special breathing used for Imagery.  You’ll read or hear the instruction “Close your eyes and breathe out three times.”  The emphasis is on the out-breath, which is a long slow exhalation through slightly open lips followed by a gentle in-breath.  After you complete the instructed number of breaths, usually one or three, return to your natural breathing.  At the end of each exercise you’ll be instructed to “breathe out one time and open your eyes.”  Then sit quietly for a few moments;   additional images may emerge in pictures, sounds, sensations in your body or emotions.  Stay with them as they play out in a few moments.   They’re part of the Imagery experience.   Then continue with the next exercise or return to your regular daily routine.

Note: “Less is more” for Imagery.  Resist any temptation to stay in your images for more than a minute or so.  Think of it as the opposite of meditation where the emphasis is on achieving duration.

Exercise One – Close your eyes and breathe out three times.  See, feel, sense and know how Christmas shines in peoples eyes days before the holiday arrives.  Stay calm and allow your images to emerge.  After a few moments, breathe out one time and open your eyes.  Remain still for a few moments before moving on to the next Imagery exercise.

Exercise Two – Close your eyes and breathe out three times.  See, feel and sense yourself glancing at a happy child. Know how this child represents the innocent joy we celebrate at Jesus birth.  After a few moments breathe out one time and open your eyes.  Remain still for a few minutes then move on to the next exercise or go back to your daily routine.

Exercise Three – Close your eyes and breathe out three times.  See, feel and sense yourself glancing at a person standing reverently before a Christmas Creche.  Know how you’re seeing a demonstrate of faith.  After a few moments, breathe out one time and open your eyes.  Remain still for a few minutes then move on to the next exercise or go back to your daily routine.

Exercise Four – Close your eyes and breathe out three times.  See, feel, sense and know yourself glancing at someone engaged in an act of kindness.  Know how you’re witnessing the kindness of Jesus.  After a few moments breathe out one time and open your eyes.  Remain still for a few moments, then move on to the next exercise or go back to your daily routine.

Exercise Five – Close your eyes and breathe out three times.  See, feel and sense yourself glancing at your ideal Santa.  Know how you’re witnessing Jesus mirth and generosity.  After a few moments, breathe out one time and open your eyes.  Remain still for a few moments, then move on to the next exercise or go back to your daily routine.

Exercise Six – Close your eyes and breathe out three times.  Feel, sense and see yourself glancing into a mirror. Know you’re seeing the image and likeness of God, a gift of his everlasting love.  Wait a long moment, breathe out one time and open your eyes.  Remain still for a few moments, then move on to the next exercise or go back to your daily routine.

During these days watch for events that recall your imagery during waking life and, if possible write them down.  These may be synchronicities.  You’ll find a blog about synchronicities  listed in the index.

Have a beautiful holiday season.

Blessings, Barbara

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Countering the Five Dark Currents of Will

 

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Barbara Fedoroff

 

When you aim  to fortify yourself against the Five Dark Currents of the Will, it’s useful to have a regular spiritual practice.  In Blessings of the Cosmos: Wisdom of the Heart from the Aramaic Words of Jesus,  Neil Douglas-Klotz, PhD,  presents us with a ready-made practice based on the  benedictions and beatitudes of Jesus.  What makes this book so special is these sayings are the full English translations of their original Aramaic.  You’ll find yourself easily drawn into the gentle, simple tone as these messages teach us how to live in the world while remaining above the Five Dark Currents.   The tone is of a father speaking to his adult children about navigating through life with an open heart.

Our experience is enhanced with an introduction where Douglas-Klotz fully explains how to use the book and adds Textual Notes with definitions of the Aramaic words.  You’ll also find 20 Body Prayers complete with CD’s  to open our minds, hearts, spirits and souls to messages  enhanced as  the author speaks and chants them.

. THIS IS A PERFECT BOOK FOR AN INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE:                                                       . A CORE CURRICULUM FOR A MEDITATION OR SPIRITUAL STUDY GROUP OR                                                                        . A BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY GIFT

Order your Blessings of the Cosmos: Wisdom of the Heart from the Aramaic Words of Jesus today from Sounds True at <www.soundstrue.com.>   You also can call them toll-free at 800-333-9185.  Make sure to order the version with the CD.

Holiday Blessings, Barbara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ADVENT 2017: PREPARING OUR HEARTS FOR CHRISTMAS II

ELIZABETH CONCEIVES THE ONE TO PAVE THE WAY FOR JESUS

When the Archangel Gabriel asked Mary for her consent to become the mother of God, he also told how Elizabeth, her cousin in her eighties and barren, conceived and was in her sixth month with a child to be called John. Mary, filled with joy, set out to care for Elizabeth, who lives in the hill country of Judah with her husband Zachariah, a priest.  We learn that Zachariah, at the temple when the Archangel Gabriel gives him the good news, is overcome with fear and refuses to believe it.  When he rejoins his friends outside the Temple, he has lost his speech, and is only making signs.

Mary Arrives To Be With Elizabeth…

…and Elizabeth greets her with great joy, the child within her seeming to understand the significance of the moment.  To Mary she says, “Of all the women you are most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb…Look, the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy.  Yes blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.” -Luke 1: 43-45

Mary humbly replies “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…” Elizabeth’s words of greeting and Mary’s response become two of the most familiar Catholic prayers, the Hail Mary and The Magnificat.  

A son is born to Elizabeth and Zachariah and on the day of his circumcision they were about to call him Zachariah after his father when Elizabeth intercedes “No, he is to be called John.”…Zachariah asks for a tablet and writes.  “His name is John… and all were astonished.”  At that instance, his power of speech returned and he spoke and praised God.  All who heard of this wondered “What will this child turn out to be?”

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Zachariah speaks a prophesy of his Son “Little child you shall be called Prophet Most High for you will go before the Lord to prepare a way for Him; to give His people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins because of the faithful love of our God…” Luke 1: 57-79

John becomes known as John the Baptist.  As the prophesy foretells, he travels through the Jordan area proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, gathering many who become the first followers of Jesus.

 

 

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