Little Bit of Spirit

Lately, I have been noticing an uptick in spiritual activity. I’ve been seeing the outlines of shadow people darting everywhere, orbs flitting in front of my face, odd synchronicities, the whole none yards. It doesn’t scare me, but it is, at times, startling to see someone that suddenly disappears.
I don’t have a clue as to why this is. I can guess, though. Recently, I ended a long-term relationship that turned sour. I feel free now; I’ve been expressing myself in music, art, and even just with my coworkers and new friends I have made. I have been having fun being myself.
I have noticed that when I listen to my heart and act accordingly, I not only feel better about myself and others, but my intuition just sparks right up! It’s great!
Just sayin’, trust your gut, folks. It can save your behind in ways you might not consider! Don’t doubt your sixth sense, you’re feeling something, even if you don’t know what it is.
Happy Friday! Happy weekend! ❤️

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By budgiebuddy Posted in Other

Change the World

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When I used to think about changing the world, I thought of a scientist developing the cure for cancer, or some similarly huge task. These big tasks are often accomplished by a few, or even just one brave soul(s). That is amazing in itself, but that common idea leads us, the public, to believe that we can’t make a difference in the world – that we are powerless. How?
There are over 7 billion people in the world, and we think that we are powerless? We can’t allow that mindset. Every person makes a difference if we apply effort. If we change our outlooks to be positive, if we laugh more, if we smile more, if we lend a helping hand to those around us more… We are powerful.

By respecting and loving ourselves, we are respecting and loving others…genuinely. The change starts with you.

Laura

By budgiebuddy Posted in Other
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The Pacific Ocean – Lifeless?

A revised comment on the article… Please click on the link above to read about the Pacific problem.

The extinction rates of species have been increasing lately. I don’t think there is solely one culprit to death in the Pacific, such as Fukushima. Surely Fukushima has contributed to the problem, but the root of it all (in my opinion) is consumerism. The public demands products, and the companies deliver. The farmers, the factories, you name it, produce the items by hacking up the land and eliminating Earth’s wildlife. Workers do insane labor for terrible pay. They process the ingredients, make the product, and that releases toxins into the air, the water, the soil, etc. The consumers use that product, and toss away the extra. Our oceans are littered with garbage, the things that don’t just “dissolve away.” Plastic remains, being eaten by fish, being eaten by us… the cycle continues.

This is something we can’t ignore. We aren’t just hurting the environment and animals, we are slowly killing ourselves. We depend on our environment. We can’t afford to destroy it, or hurt other people constantly. The solution starts with the individual… into teams, into cities, into states, countries, governments. Environmental change is scary, but we can’t keep saying it’s acceptable to ignore it. Facing our fears will fare a better future.

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Laura

P.S.
Posting article to make up for lost posts.

Hawaii!

Hey guys!
I’m going to Hawaii this Thursday with my dearest sister. It came just in time. The daily grind of work and anticipation for my fall quarter in college were wearing down on me. It’s time to get out and away from the major city and smell the fresh flowers.

FYI, I am a cashier at a produce stand. Yesterday, I had a peculiar experience at work. While ringing up a customer with two kids, the little girl (about 3) in her Dad’s arms looks at me with these gorgeous blue eyes. She asks,”What is that?” As she looks slightly behind me and up a bit. I asked her what she meant but she just stared, almost nervous. I was confused. On their way out, she looks back, stands there, says my name (I told her it), and stares again. Then they leave.
I thought about it, mostly being confused. Then it dawned on me. What if she saw something I wasn’t seeing? Kids are completely open. Many of them see the Other Side often but dont make anything of it. Its “just their imagination”. Think of how many times you dismissed something as just your imagination, when it didn’t feel like it? Too many for me! Really makes me wonder about that little girl.
Another experience I had was today. I had a silly kids’ song end up in my head while i was sorting some fruit.

Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream

. I thought to myself how weird that was, to have that randomly pop into my head. But really! Just think about it. Maybe just…go with the flow, perhaps? 🙂

Aside from my little experiences, back to Hawaii. Ill be gone for a week, so its no big deal here on WordPress. I wanted to let you know, though. I also want to let you know that you’re all in my thoughts, whoever you are. Even if I haven’t met you. I hope you find the time to relax on this Labor Day, as well as upcoming days. You deserve some time off. Life gets hard sometimes, but remember; just keep swimming, just keep swimming…

Love, Laura

Be like water.

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The “Trick” to Being Healthy All Around

Original photo taken and edited by Laura.

Original photo taken and edited by Laura.

Are any of the above true for you? If so, ask yourself: Why don’t I like my _______? Could it be because a person told you so? If not, then who could have told you, besides yourself?

For as long as life has existed, there’s always been competition between species. Plants racing each other for sunlight, elk fighting for mates, humans struggling to make enough money, fit in, thrive, you name it. Many strive to conform, strive to thrive, but have material goals in mind. Beautiful body, full wallet, a booming social life. Today, many lingerie and modeling magazines advertise beauty with retouched images of thin women with unnatural curvature and features. Musicians who are looked up to will sing of sex, drugs, and money. TV shows geared toward younger kids, specifically teenagers, feature young adults wearing adult clothing and a lot of makeup. Movies and books are released frequently which feature love stories of women finding Prince Charming and being swept away onto the back of a horse and riding into the sunset (same formula, insert your own characters and scene). It’s all presented to us in mass quantities every day in several forms. How much of an impact could this have on us, even if we supposedly “don’t pay attention to it”? Ask yourself this question as you observe your reflection in the mirror.

Appreciating our bodies for what they have developed into, appreciating every aspect of who we are is crucial to being happy. What doesn’t benefit you, leave it behind. Someone could tell us we’re beautiful a thousand times, but it won’t count until we believe it ourselves. We cannot rely on another person to validate any aspects of our own heart – it lies within us, not outside us; not them.

Did you know, people who are happy and appreciate themselves are healthier than those who don’t? (1 source) Stress is something that causes our heart to race, our skin to sweat, our minds to panic, and our muscles to be tense. Constant stress can cause dormant illnesses to resurface, such as Shingles (a strain of the Herpes virus), and heart problems as well as digestive problems to occur. It also distracts the immune system by spending valued energy on the “flight” response. Happiness and relaxation allows the body to efficiently utilize energy which strengthens the immune system and lets you get a better night’s sleep. Your body produces white blood cells when you get enough sleep, which fight off bad bugs. Sleep is your “repair” time. Better mood -> more sleep -> better immune system and regeneration -> healthy body -> healthy mind -> better mood. Full circle!

How is it in our nature to instantly result to finding a flaw in such a beautiful creature, instead of counting all the wonderful qualities? Instead of looking at someone’s physical features and judging them like they’re in a superficial pageant, we could simply appreciate the diversity of life. What would life be, if nothing was different? We wouldn’t have anything at all – everyone’s view of beautiful and not is different, sometimes to drastic degrees. If everything was “perfect” like that one guy, or that one girl, like that one picture, like I want to be, the world as we know it would have no diversity. We would crave the different, the unique. So, let’s appreciate what we have – the spice of variety, the beauty and complexity of all of life. Moving past judgment, and settling solely with appreciation – gratitude. Life is not about what appears to us in the physical, it’s about what lies within it all.

Wake up every day and smile. You don’t even have to mean it. Simply smiling releases the “happy hormone” in your brain, and that’s a good start to your day. Take care of your precious body, it’s the only one you’ll have this lifetime. Love yourself. In loving yourself, you radiate positive energy to everyone around you, improving your friends’ moods, their friends’ moods, and their friends’ moods, eventually the neighborhood, the city, the country, the world. It’s exponential. Loving yourself does not mean gloating, but simply being grateful for your presence on Earth, for everything around you, who you were, who you are, and who you will be. Remember, you’re not alone. You’re one of 7.17 billion (and counting) beautiful individuals on planet Earth with your own story, your own appearance, your own body and free will. You have the power to change your life and the lives of others. Make the best of it!

With love,

Laura

Aspire.

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Quote in title from The Santa Clause (1994) 

Groups of people tell us what’s real and what isn’t real. We are supposed to go along with whatever they say, despite the fact we’re individuals with our own beliefs and ways of life. I plan on majoring in a branch of Biology, I haven’t quite gotten that figured out… I have a scientific mind. However, just because I have a scientific mind, doesn’t mean I don’t believe in “otherworldly” or “paranormal” things.

I had a rough childhood. My family and I moved into a house that had a strange history, but it was very beautiful. A Victorian Era house that used to be connected to several other properties in the neighborhood as part of a farm. This house was our dream house, and I surely treated it like a castle. But… some aspects of it all were slightly off. My first experience was when I was about 7 or so. I was watching TV late at night, and I felt that cliche feeling that someone was staring at me; I turned around and looked out the window. In almost complete darkness, I saw a man standing in the yard who was completely visible to me. It seemed he almost gave off light in a sense.  He was quite old, wore a plaid hat and clothes of beige, and supported himself on a cane. Of course, as expected, I was absolutely terrified and immediately bolted out of the room to find my mom. I kept telling her, “There was a man in the yard!” She didn’t believe me. She went and checked outside, he wasn’t there. Mad, I walked to my room and went to bed.

That was one of my first experiences, the one that I was most frustrated about. However, as my parents’ marriage got worse, it seemed that more of this “weird stuff” kept happening. My dad, at the time, suffered from paranoid schizophrenia because of drug abuse. He decided to install cameras around the house and property because he thought suspicious people were wandering around. At the time, my mom and I just thought he was crazy and that there was nothing truthful about what he was saying. Should we believe any of it? One day, when my mom and I were gone, he was sitting in his room on his computer. These cameras that he installed had a setting where if something moved in an otherwise stationary environment, it would bring that camera program window to your attention on the computer. Something in the kitchen had moved, so that camera footage was front and center. As he watched, what looked like smoke was next to the stove in a ball, but then it quickly changed shape into a woman leaning over the counter. She took a glance to the side, then ran out of the room. Since my mom and I were not here for this, it may not seem as credible. We were showed the footage later, and we didn’t really know how to respond. It was nuts.

My last memory of a “solid”  and not a “I just saw something out of the corner of my vision” type of of experience was in 5th grade. I was at the mall with my mom and my half-sister. They were looking at boots as I sat in a chair on the side of the isle, people watching. There aren’t many people there because it’s during the middle of week at noon. I eventually see this man in a tuxedo, a very clean cut guy. He had a briefcase and almost looked like a lawyer. He stopped when he got to my chair, and looked at me. He asked, “How’s it going, Laura?”, smiled, then continued to walk down the isle. When he turned the corner around a pillar, he didn’t come out the other side. I was shaking in fear, and ran to my family right away. Apparently talking too fast for them to understand, they asked me to slow down. I told them what happened, and summed it up as, “A man was walking and said ‘How’s it going, Laura?’ and then disappeared. He just disappeared!” They thought it was a pedophile or a stalker or something. Searched the entire mall to find this guy. They never found him, but I had a hunch that was because he wasn’t actually…here, on this physical plane, shall we put it. They still talk about how I got scared and how badly it terrified them that I was being followed.

I have many more times where strange things happened, but I don’t have to write about them right now. Now, I question what I’ve seen what I was little. The problem is, a few times other people saw what I saw, too, so I can’t just push it aside as “nothing happened”. I currently sense the Other Side. I don’t see them in the same fashion, but I’m absolutely positive that I’m still seeing something, feeling something. I’ve been told it’s not real and that I’m just believing in silly things. How can anyone know what it is for sure? Life forms on this planet are able to witness and experience the environment around them. Every day, we as humans learn more and more about other species and their spectacular abilities to communicate and utilize certain skills. We learn about the laws of the universe. Some things that we have discovered aren’t supposed to happen according to the laws of physics, but they still do. So, who’s to say what’s real and what isn’t? Do we even know at all? No. Things are constantly changing, and we’re constantly discovering,  so let’s just experience it all and not dismiss it; just witness it. Things previously seen as impossible could one day become very real, and very normal for us.

Greenlake, taken by Laura in 2011.

Greenlake, taken by Laura in 2011.

“Just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean is doesn’t exist.”