Past Life Work and Healing

In the depths of grieving, we are brought back to fundamental questions. Does part of us live on, even come back? Can we use this perspective to create and built our lives now, with care for future generations and the beings we share the planet with? Here we continue Laura S’ Journey into Past Lives…

When you are first beginning to work with yourself and learn about Past Life Work, you might remember a déjà vu experience of some kind. For example, I had a woman tell me that she travelled to England for the first time on vacation. Upon arriving at her final destination, she had an overwhelming feeling that she had been there before. She went to a small town outside of the city and actually pulled up in front of a pub that she was convinced she had lived above. She knew her way around the town without a map. She remembered, through feeling and knowing, a close connection with that area.

Another woman told me once, that as a child she visited Delphi in Greece. Which is historically known as the place where heaven and earth meet. She said that when she and her family arrived at the ruins she immediately told her parents, “I remember when these walls were built.”

  • Do you have challenges with money? Maybe you took vows of poverty in a past incarnation.
  • Do you have trouble finding love? You could have been a monk in a past life.
  • Do you struggle with weight? Maybe you starved to death in a past life.

Children and Past Lives
Many children remember their past lives spontaneously, without hypnosis or prompting. Some as young as two and still in diapers blurt out, “I remember when I died before” or “My other mommy had curly hair”. They often describe details that they had no way of learning in this life. Some remember startling personal details of relatives who died before they were born.

Past Life Work and HealingOnly recently here in the West have children’s past life memories been researched and documented. These memories have long been accepted in other cultures. Now we know that these memories happen naturally to young children in all countries of the world, regardless of the beliefs of their parents. They can happen any time to any very young child, but parents often don’t notice because they don’t know it’s possible or don’t know what to look for.

I believe that children and the elderly are the closest to those realms of holiness. Who better to listen to around this area. I had a child tell me once that she remembered Bunker Hill vividly. That when her teacher showed her pictures of the red coats, she could remember seeing them and all of the sights and sounds of that time. She said she remembered being “pushed around.” I knew that in this young one’s life it was very important for her to “stand her ground” and not let anyone “push her around.” She said she remembered as if it were yesterday, the phrase shouted “don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes.”

Past Life Healing
I have seen many untrained psychics attempt past life healings on clients. Just because a metaphysician might have the vision to relay a story does not necessarily mean that they are trained to deal with all that might come up around that type of reading.

It is my experience that if you want to delve in to this area you can be trained properly in the reading and clearing not only of others’ past lives but of your own. With the proper training and a raise in vibration you can safely move through this type of work and you will become a great gift to not only yourself but those that need your assistance.

​Being a psychic comes with great responsibility and requires a tremendous maturity and detachment. You can be trained in to this place of opening all of your gifts so that you can share them in the world, safely and with integrity.

~ Laura Stanley, Level II Teacher

A Journey Into Past Lives

I’m Laura Stanley and I want to share what I have come to know as a “Journey Into Past Lives.” I am a psychic, a metaphysician, and a healer. I receive my intuitive information primarily in visions. I also am communicated with through feeling, hearing and sometimes just “knowing”.

I am a faculty member of the Training in Power Academy where I teach a class called Level I – The Prophet and Level II – Ancient Shamanism. We teach students about energy healing and meditation as a way to maintain higher levels of vibration and own their own power as psychics, metaphysicians and healers.

Introduction to Past Life Work and the Time In Between

It is my opinion that our past lives may cause us to play out subconscious themes. For example, if in a past life you were pushed off a cliff by a lover, you might have a fear in this life of love or heights or both. It may be something that you have never been able to understand this time around. Or something that you have struggled to heal but have never been able to because it feels locked on to you in some way.

I believe that we bring these tJourney into past liveshemes into our current life to heal them. That no one is torturing us in this life but rather we, in our spiritual brilliance, have conceived these stories or dramas for ourselves to play out on this plane to heal. So that we can finally be free of all of the elements that do not represent who we truly are as beings of light. In my meditations as a young girl, I would ask God “Why have you put me in this situation? Why is there so much suffering?” And over the years, it has been explained to me this way in my meditations and dream time:

“when we leave this place or what we call “death” we find ourselves in a place called “the land of in between”. In this place, we are bathed in light and slowly our vibration is lifted so that we can move in to the next realm. The spirit that I work with calls it “being souped up” or “the re-categorizing of the mind.” Sometimes if this earthly realm is particularly traumatic, we might spend more time in that place of the in between. But it is of no matter because once we are moved in to this land there is no time or time is quite different and moves much quicker.”

This is how the way out has been described to me. Of course, I interpret within the confines of my own religious and social background. If you were Hindu or another religion this place might look or be completely different to you.

The way back in to this reality, this time, has been told and shown to me in this way…

“I spend time in a garden, a flower covered arbor way with a spiritual being that is associated with or assigned to me… a trainer of sorts. This is the last being that I will be in contact with before I leave this vibrational realm. I am telepathed about this life that I am about to enter. I am spoken to about various themes: sacrifice, victimhood, etc. As soon as we tune to the vibration of healing on the female, I am moved in to the womb and the entranceway is sealed. The next thing I can remember is hearing a conversation in the womb about how a boy is desired rather than a girl. Hence, the holiness or a lifelong healing between myself and the feminine proceeds in this lifetime. It is that simple and that complicated. The commencement of the healings on this earth plane come rushing in and the memory is lost.”

The trick is to move in to a vibration where you can know these things for yourself and then to begin to learn the healing of these behaviors. In that way, you can begin to release all that is holding you back from your higher self. I don’t believe anyone wants to punish us but rather we have a certain energy field around us and it carries a frequency that travels out and attracts others that have a similar frequency.

For me, to know about a story or a “past life” is of no use on its own. I do not promote fascination around this type of work. I have done hundreds of past life readings and have received hundreds and I know that the only benefit of doing that is to remove where it keeps us caught in this current life. This is our physical vehicle right now and how we experience this process on this planet. If we could all clean it and make it as pure as possible there is no telling how we could affect this place for the better.

~ Laura Stanley, Level II Teacher

Are You First in Your Own Line?

When I was growing up, I had two homes.  In my first home, my every movement was controlled and I had to follow many rules. In my second home, I had freedom and I was loved.  This one was hidden deeply within myself.

While the outside world kept pushing me to become useful, I daydreamed a lot. I learned to lock myself away in a bathroom to create space and time for me to read and dream.  But over the years, I had such intense training to become useful to others that others became the priority in both my homes – both my external and my internal world.

I became almost obsessed with mastering skills to help others in better and more efficient ways.  My focus in training, schooling and a variety of courses was to perfect myself for the world.  It took me 48 years to discover that I had totally lost myself in other people’s lives.

During a workshop that I was taking, all the students were asked where they stood in the line up of their personal priorities.  For me, the idea to be the first in my own line never occurred to me. I found myself unconsciously stepping into space number 21 in my line.

To my surprise each participant was asked to openly tell the class each of the people in their lives that took priority. And I found I didn’t have any difficulty naming those people whose needs were more important than mine.

This experience was an eye-opening process for me. I could not hide from this knowledge any longer.  It was then that I decided to put my needs and myself first on my own to-do list.

But now I had a dilemma – how could I be first in my life? How could I be good to myself for a change? I had no clue.  I knew that I liked to be liked, appreciated, useful – even if that meant loosing energy, health and time.
So I read more books and took more workshops. But I found myself still following the same pattern of always putting others first before me. I was unable to shake off the responsibilities that I believed were mine to carry. By this point, I was exhausted from a combination of stressful work situations, dealing with dying patients, and being the main caregiver for a seriously-ill family member.

One day, I heard an announcement at work about a meditation course.  It was offered by a nurse who was doing research for her Masters thesis at UBC.  I signed up.  It felt like this course would offer me the assistance that I desperately needed. It felt like this was a way to rediscover myself.

During the course, my journey back to myself began.  I learned wonderful tools. I learned “how” to put myself first. And I now had the help that I needed when challenges arose. Most importantly, I started developing a true relationship with myself. It is an ongoing process. But I am now first in my own line.  I still care for others, but after caring for myself.

Now, I teach this meditation course. If you desire to be good to yourself, to be first in your own line, welcome.

~ Ania Jasiak
Level I Teacher, Artist, BC Therapeutic Touch Practitioner, BC Instructor, BC Health Clinician BSN

Six Ways Meditation Can Make You a Better Writer

Ever since I printed my first letter “A” while watching Sesame Street as a toddler, I wanted to be a writer. I spent a good deal of my childhood and teens expressing my innermost thoughts and feelings through stories and poems. Once I reached a certain age, however, my yearning to write became more of a problem. According to my parents, it would get in the way of my earning a real living.

So, over the years, I tried to find a middle ground. I gave up fiction for a while and became a technical writer. It wasn’t until I learned to meditate, over a decade ago, that I realized I owed it to myself to pursue my dream. This article talks about how meditation made me a better writer, not a better writer than other people, but the best writer I can be.

1. Meditation allows me to get a different perspective: 
First of all, meditation is a spiritual practice that teaches us to seek within ourselves for guidance. When I meditate, I can get truly free of not only the perspectives of other people or what’s been done before. I can tune into my inner wisdom pull myself out of any problem. This different perspective really assists me in writing. I can use it to get to know my characters, to hear their voices. I can also use it to try to figure out how they would solve their own problems. If I get caught in a story idea, or character’s problem, I meditate until I find the answer. And I trust that the answers will come.
2. Meditation allows me to find inspiration: 
Similar to the way meditation allows for a different perspective, it’s also a wonderful way to attain creative insight and inspiration. I can tune into different worlds, allow myself to dream, and try out different story ideas until I find the one that calls me to write it. In fact, one of the courses I teach has an amazing tool for using your dreams or meditations to problem solve.

3. Meditation teaches me not to compare myself to others, to anyone else’s journey or achievements: 
One of the most difficult things for writers to do is not compare their successes (or challenges) with others. It’s so easy to get bogged down in other people’s opinions, or why one person is more successful than you are. When I meditate, however, I am reminded of the infinite abundance of spirit that connects us all. My spirit is working for me. My journey is different than other people’s but it’s perfectly tailored for my learning at this time. A friend once said to me, “Don’t give up your insides for someone else’s outsides.” I’ve come to realize that my life is a gift, just the way it is. And what other people have in their life does not matter. This is a discipline I’ve cultivated through a meditation practice.

4. Meditation keeps me humble, out of ego-first thinking: 
As with comparison, meditation allows me to see myself as I truly am: a spirit having a human experience. If I forget that, I can be led around by my ego, needing everyone to like me and my writing. It has been my finding that if I need anything from others, my neediness can push that very thing away. Ego can make us quite needy. It is only when I am humble, and out of ego, that I can open to my true potential.

5. Meditation assists me to move out of blocks – writer’s block or otherwise:
As part of my meditation practice, I have cultivated a life of truth. This means telling myself the truth, feeling my true feelings, and being willing to face my spirit no matter what. Every block I’ve experienced in my life stems around a feeling that I’m afraid to feel or a truth I’m afraid to face. The same is true of writer’s block. It’s simply another area where fear has me in its grip. I meditate to ask my spirit “what am I truly afraid of?” Once I face that fear, the block lifts.

6. Meditation gives me patience that sustains me when the path is long and arduous: 
Fulfilling any dream takes time, be it becoming an author or poet, or finishing medical school. There’s a discipline involved in studying and learning to get better at your chosen craft or profession. Meditation teaches me patience. It re-energizes and rejuvenates me to keep me focused on the long haul.

Though these are listed as six ways meditation has made me a better writer, truth is, I believe these lessons apply to any and all areas of life. If you have a particular meditation practice, keep up the good work!


~ Lisa Voisin,
Level 2 Teacher

Reprinted with thanks from Lisa’s blog,

Gluten-Free Sugar-Free Cake

This is a modified version of an old family recipe for Sicilian breakfast cake that I originally got from Georgia Colton. I’ve experimented with it a bit, and the chocolate is still my favourite.

Here’s the basic recipe first and then the modifications for the:

Infamous chocolate version

7 eggs
1 1/8 cup maple syrup
½ cup oil
1/3 cup water (or other liquid – cold coffee, juice, etc.)
3 ½ heaping tsp. baking powder
2 cups gluten-free flour (I prefer 80% amaranth, 20% buckwheat, or you could use rice, bean, or any commercial blend of gluten-free flour.  If using coconut flour, you’ll need to adjust the amounts of liquids and flour.)

  1. Separate the egg whites from yolks. Blend together the egg yolks, maple syrup, liquid and oil.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff.
  3. Fold one tablespoon egg whites into other liquid ingredients, then blend together.
  4. Add the rest of the egg whites to the liquid ingredients, and blend together, slowly adding the baking powder while blending.
  5. Fold/sift the flour into the mixture gradually, mixing with a whisk only until all flour lumps are gone.
  6. Pour into a buttered angel food cake pan, put into COLD oven, closing oven door gently.
  7. Turn oven to 300 degrees, and bake for one hour (use the standard fork/toothpick test)

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      • If you want to add flavouring, make the flavouring part of the liquid ingredients (e.g.: vanilla, lemon extract, coffee, etc.)
      • Add chopped nuts, fruit, poppy-seeds or chocolate chips while folding in flour.

For a deluxe triple chocolate mocha cake:

  • Substitute ½ Dutch Cocoa for flour in the flour mixture
  • Use cold espresso instead of water
  • Add about a half-cup of finely-shaved dark chocolate (the darker the better, preferably at least 70% cocoa, the less sugar the better).
  • Sprinkle a handful of dark chocolate chips over the mixture in the pan.

Because the chocolate is so rich, it may take an extra 10 minutes of baking time depending on oven, altitude, etc.


~ Anna Melnikoff,
Teacher, Level 3

Who Do You Think You’re Fooling?

Did the title spook you? It was meant to.

A friend of mine had done the work of putting together a comprehensive resume listing all her skills. She confessed to me that when she read it back over, it was so impressive she couldn’t believe the resume was her own. I asked her if she lied or exaggerated. She had not lied.

I shouted “Then, snap out of it, woman!” and we had a laugh.

In truth, though, this is no laughing matter. We are talking about an inability to see the self in truth. It is said that butterflies can’t see their own wings and likewise humans seem to be afflicted with an inability to see the ways they are magnificent. The term that is being used to describe this affliction is “Imposter Syndrome”, an irrational fear of people finding out that you’re a fake or that you’re just making it up as you go along. In my lexicon of naming, I refer to this dynamic as “waiting for the tap”. I’m just hanging about here with these creditable experts, these responsible adults, these lovely people….until someone notices I am in the wrong place and comes over to give me a tap on the shoulder and tell me to move along.

Meryl Streep, a veteran actor who holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations (18) demonstrates her own susceptibility to this syndrome in this quote: “You think, why would anyone want to see me again in a movie? And I don’t know how to act anyway, so why am I doing this?”



An “Imposter” has an impossibly high standard set for their expertise. They often have an unreasonable expectation of infallibility which does not allow for them to make a single mistake. This attitude makes learning a new skill torturous as the Imposter is highly critical of their lack of coordination. The fear of appearing foolish or ignorant may prevent a person with Imposter Syndrome from learning new things.

Dr. Valerie Young, who has made a study of this syndrome, says that, “The thing about impostors is, they have unsustainably high standards for everything they do. The thinking here is, if I don’t know everything, then I know nothing. If it’s not absolutely perfect, it’s woefully deficient. If I’m not operating at the top of my game 24/7, then I’m incompetent.”

It’s an all or nothing at all world for the imposter who suffers their fear of inadequacy alone, anxious that everyone will know the true depth of their incompetence if they make one little slip. All their years of credibility and good faith could be swallowed up by a single mistake. They exaggerate internally, the level of risk represented in any new venture, often talking themselves out of new experiences for fear of showing themselves unsatisfactory or proving themselves to be charlatans.

Tara Sophia Mohr suggests in her article “Understanding How to Frame Your Creative Expertise”, that there are 4 types of experts. The Survivor has experienced something and now is moved to share that experience with others. The Cross-Trainer has a passion for more than one thing and is able to create conceptual bridges between their areas of expertise that help make sense of one or the other of those specialties. The Called are people who are deeply moved from within to bring their vision or knowledge to the rest of the world. Finally there is The Academic. This expert may have written a book or two and has academic credentials.

Imposters inevitably compare themselves with the Academics, feeling that they are not as qualified as Dr. Expert and therefore their position must be inferior. Setting that high standard, the Imposter disregards the wisdom of experience offered in the Survivor’s expertise, questions their own perceptions of their field when faced with a scrappy Cross-Trainer, or may be disdainful of the knowledge brought forth by the one who is Called.

The truth of it is that most people are just out there flying by the seat of their pants, weighing instinct against imprinting to make decisions, and learning all they can tolerate about the law of cause and effect. What all four types of experts have in common is that they believe in themselves enough to share their wisdom, skills and insight, be that by humorous observation, epiphanies, or revelation.

No fast remedy for the newly hatched syndrome but to set an intention to view the self with greater respect and kindness. Make a resume if you must, to list your assets. If you struggle with that, ask a close friend to extol your virtues. Your task will be to receive every compliment your friend speaks without bounce-back or denial. It may so happen that you, like my friend, are not an Academic style expert. Surprise! You don’t have to be. You just have to believe in yourself and the inspiration that moves you.

My point here is, “Snap out of it!”

~ Shaughna Born
Teacher, The Archetype and The Alchemist courses

The Art of Precision or, Be Careful What You Wish For

We all have natural abilities. Sometimes we are conscious of them and use them well. Sometimes we don’t ever fully discover them. Some people have the gift of being able to make anything work. Others can tell stories that keep you listening for hours. Everyone has something – some have many things. I can shape the weather. As much as this is a natural ability, I’ve had the chance to enhance it since taking Level 2 – Ancient Shamanism.

You may remember my story of how I became truly aware that I have this talent. (Rain Rain Go Away…) Since that time, I’ve consciously practiced and honed it, to the point where I can now simply place my order and my request is delivered. The trick, I’ve found, is to be precise and specific.

For a few years, I prepared detailed reports that required the inspection of buildings. Our goal was to take inventory of building, electrical and mechanical components. Roughly 25% of the inspections were outside. An important part of these on-site visits was taking photographs for use in the report.

When photographing the exterior of buildings, the weather has a profound effect. Rain makes things difficult. Lack of light is the least of it – rain drops in the foreground obscure details and puddles cover up whole areas. Bright sunshine makes things difficult also – there are many shiny parts on a building, and bright light makes the photos seem over exposed. Recent rain combined with bright sunshine is one of the worst scenarios.

One day, I had an inspection in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver, British Columbia. We always worked in a team – an inspector and a data collector. Both the inspector and I were driving from the North Shore. I was amazed at how little visibility there was in the heavy rain. Just then, the inspector called to see if we should cancel the inspection – due to the rain.


But wait … I forgot to mention that I’d already placed my order. We’d been having a lot of heavy rain in Vancouver so I had started preparing the night before. I knew we only needed a two hour window with no rain. I also was very specific – I only wanted the rain to stop. I did not want the sun to come out during that time. The flat roof was bound to have pooling water and photographs would be impossible if the sun was shining. The time frame? 9am to 11am pacific time, please and thank you very much.

I was confident despite the deluge. So I joked with the inspector about already placing my order. We’d be just fine, I told him. Of course I had a backup plan…. Just to be sure, I reiterated my order, with an extra does of gratitude, just to quiet my own “monkey mind”.

When I arrived at the building, it was 20 minutes to 9am. The rain had slowed to a spit. By 9am, all precipitation had stopped completely. The inspector seemed a little dazed. He couldn’t quite process the shift from torrential downpour a half hour before.

I decided we’d start our work from the top down so we headed to the roof first. But we’d leave the interior until the end – just because I was confident in the delivery of my order, it didn’t make sense to waste the grace.

The sun started to break out briefly so I did some quick clarifying. I even said it out loud, “Thank you but no sunshine until after 11am please. ” It only took a few minutes before the clouds moved to block out the few rays coming through. It was almost cartoon-like how fast this happened. The inspector gave me a puzzled look, and made some wisecrack about talking to myself. What could I do but smile?

We finished our inspection by five after 11am and decided to go to a coffee shop a few blocks away to debrief. As you’ll recall, my order was for no rain until 11am. So I suggested we drive even though we could have walked in a few minutes. I told the inspector that my order had run out so we needed to be prepared for the rain to return. He just shook his head in that way that people do when they’re convinced you’re simply not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

When we left the coffee shop 20 minutes later, it was pouring rain again. We stood under the eaves for a few minutes and laughed at how perfectly timed it was. He was sure it was all a coincidence. I know full well the Universe delivered exactly what I had ordered.

The best part? I’ve practiced using this power tool so much now that as long as I’m precise and specific with what I’m asking for, and as long as my request is made with gratitude, the Universe delivers my order first time, every time.

~ Nancy Marsh, Level 1 Teacher

Chocolate to Meditate On

I’ve practiced meditation for many years and now I’m embarking on the process of training to teach it. I’m training to teach Level 1 – The Prophet. I’ve grown so much through my meditation practice and I want to help other people, the way I’ve been helped. I want to empower others to fully live their own life.

A few months back, I attended the Academy’s annual Teacher’s Conference. It’s an amazing gathering where I get the chance to explore my inner landscape, learn some tools and tips for teaching, and network with other teachers. Some of my colleagues have taught hundreds of people, some a dozen, and others are learning – like me.

One of my favourite parts of meeting and connecting with other teachers, is sharing my joy of food – in particular, chocolate, one of my favourite foods. Each year as I prepare for the Conference, I reminisce over the past year’s best chocolate experiences, and bring some of my favourites to share. I often bring my own chocolate bark– here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Bark

  • 700 g dark chocolate, brickchocolate
  • 200 g raw/roasted shelled pistachio seeds
  • 100 g dried mango, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tsp cardamom seeds
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt
  1. Chunk the chocolate brick, and melt in a double boiler over low heat, until melted, then take off the stove.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then spread the cardamom seeds and dried mango randomly.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate over the cardamom and mango. Add the pistachios and sea salt to the top.
  4. Place in the fridge for half an hour, until solidified, then break up into pieces, and enjoy!

This year, I was excited to showcase one of my favourite local chocolate artists from here in Vancouver, Beta 5 Chocolates. Not only do they use my favourite chocolate base, from Michel Cluizel of France, they also create fascinating shaped Polygon Bars and incorporate fantastic flavours and colours. I tell everyone who will listen.

Another Canadian chocolate maker, Theobroma, based in Quebec, uses non-GMO ingredients, is gluten free, Fair Trade, and one of my perennial choices. When I want yum without having to think, Theobroma is one of my go-to chocolates.

You can tell I love chocolate. A bit of a connoisseur, really. Well I also love knowledge. A bit of a seeker, for sure. And as I shared chocolate experiences with my colleagues, and learned more about teaching and this amazing energy work that we do, I realized how much I appreciate this community of teachers who truly appreciate my unique gifts. So now as I prepare to teach, I find myself meditating often on chocolate.

~ Matthew Craig

Our Empowering Dreams

Our dreams are tremendously powerful. If you take the time to recall and monitor your dreams, they can give you great insight.

Modern science doesn’t give much credence to dreams, but our ancestors considered them to be messages from the Divine. Many tribal cultures still consider the dream world to be real and the physical world to be illusionary.  Nearly everyone can recall with great clarity some significant and vivid dreams they’ve had, even years after they had the dream. These dreams often occur during transitional times of life. I refer to them as ‘God is talking to you.’

Many people have prophetic dreams. I have had many of them, including a premonitory dream a day before the September 11th terrorist attack.

Dreams can give you answers or creative solutions when you are stuck. Paul McCartney got the melody and words to the song ‘Yesterday’ in a dream. I always preprogram what I want to know about. If I’m starting to date someone, my dreams will give me the scoop on the person even if I haven’t consciously realized it yet. You too can learn to program in what your wish to dream about.
woman in a dream

Your dreams can help you know yourself better, when you learn how to interpret them and apply their lessons to your life. Once I asked for a dream to help me decide whether I should take a job or stay self-employed. I wasn’t prospering at the time.  I dreamt I was in the den of my condo which is my home office. I saw the outline of a door that I never knew existed. I opened the door and walked through to a large beautiful rooftop deck garden with a magnificent ocean view in full colour.

Keep in mind that I live on a ground floor unit with no view of the ocean. I thought in the dream, ‘This can’t all be mine – it must belong to the whole building.’ Then I realized, ‘No, it must be mine. The only entrance to this patio is from my den.’
This dream was telling me about my untapped potential. It made it clear that I was ready to face the challenge because I walked through the door of opportunity. It also told me that on an unconscious level, I did not quite believe I had the potential and it was time to claim it as my own.  I’ve had many years of successful self-employment since then.

Dream dictionaries are of little use when it comes to interpreting dreams. You need to determine what the symbols mean for you. Many things need to be taken into account, including your emotions in your dream and waking life, and recurring themes and metaphors. There are some guidelines but no fixed rules for dream interpretation. You will know when you interpreted the dream symbols of your dream correctly because it will just feel right.

Keep a dream journal. That will help you log recurring themes and emotions, as well as train you to focus on a dream when you first wake up. After awakening, dream recall falls to about 30% after 8 minutes and falls rapidly to 5% after that.
Lucid dreaming experience is remarkable, unmistakable, and seems so real you may feel like you are awake. I can literally go in and interpret a dream while I’m dreaming it. The more spiritually evolved people are, the more lucid dreaming occurs.  The power to manifest what we want in our lives is enhanced by the ability to control our lucid dreams.

So open your door to your dream world. By doing so, you can improve your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

By Jean Shelemey, Level 5 Teacher

Jean teaches workshops in Dream Interpretation, as well as courses in Training in Power, Levels 1-5.

Rain, Rain Go Away, Come Again – When I Say

One of my favourite power tools is weather control. Throughout the ages, Shamans have practiced various methods of controlling the weather. Often shrouded in ritual, there are invocations, ceremonies, dances, purifications, and sometimes sacrifices. When I took Level 2 – Ancient Shamanism, I felt like my teacher was just reminding me of things I had forgotten. I didn’t know it then, but as I’ve worked with the Level 2 power tools, I’ve remembered many experiences of being a Shaman.

Some part of me has always known I had influence on the weather around me, in the way that I know when I allow myself to believe in those things that have no logical explanation. But I didn’t really own it.

Fast forward a few years – I was living in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. I was renting a room in the basement of a level 9 colleague’s home. We had a level 13 housemate. The three of us were an odd assortment. I learned a lot about myself during that time, including being witnessed in the act of creating a weather shift so precise, there was really no denying it was my doing.

Please understand that I love the rain. I love the sound of it in the trees. I love the smell in the air. I love the softer quality of light. I even love walking in the rain, especially in the woods. But there are times when I just don’t want to get wet.Nancy and Nootka

I was taking a fast-track certification course for dog trainers. The program was physically challenging and overall, quite demanding. We worked outdoors 80% of the time, rain or shine. In this beautiful rainforest we got more than our fair share of rain that fall. I was constantly drying off myself and my canine counterpart, Nootka.

Weeks of almost non-stop rain left me unprepared to accept getting wet on my day off. This one Saturday I’d arranged to make up some credit by doing extra work with Nootka. I woke that morning to pouring rain. I don’t mean just a little rain – I mean pelting down. This type of disappointment was enough to set me off in those days – I was feeling pretty worn out and very soggy. But I held steady, decided to change my attitude and just get it done.

My girl Nootka lived about 10 minutes away. By the time I had her in the car ready to go, it was only spitting. Another 10 minutes to get to the back lawn of the Parliament buildings where I was meeting my teacher. By then the rain had stopped and the clouds were starting to clear. By the time the group of us had gathered around our teacher with our dogs, the sun had come out.

Seriously. Within 15 more minutes, we had clear blue sky above us and we’d all peeled off various layers to shorts and t-shirts. There was quite a lot of smiling going on (dogs included) – I wasn’t the only one who was tired of the rain.

We worked for an hour or so, with only an occasional cloud passing. In the time it took me to drive Nootka home, the clouds started coming in. By the time I got home, I didn’t need my sunglasses at all. And that’s when I lost track of the weather. I took a quick shower and a half hour nap. And when I woke, it was pelting down rain again.

I remember thinking how grateful I was for the sunshine earlier. But I didn’t really give it much thought until I was talking with my Level 9 housemate over coffee. She was so happy I’d done such a great job clearing the weather. She’d had two peaceful hours in the garden, no rain at all, and almost an hour of bright sunshine. She chuckled as she told me that it had started to rain again right after I went downstairs for my nap.

And, just like that, she’d turned on the light. I realized that yes, I had done that. I made the rain stop and the sun come out. It stayed clear for the entire time I had to be outside. Once my need for dryness was done, the rain returned. It took up right where it left off.

It was a dramatic demonstration really. Almost unbelievable that the timing was so precise. Except that I’d witnessed it too. And I set my intention right then to practice using this power tool often so that I would be able to wield it with confidence and precision.

~ by Nancy Marsh, Level 1 Teacher