April 15, 2021

All the Aspects of You

Earlier today, I was sitting in contemplation, and as I was, a whole series of potential occupations for this lifetime filtered through my thoughts.  These possibilities had come up at various times before.  I started out in college as a math major, and then switched to the dental field.  After my divorce, I started my career as a shamanic practitioner and a healer. 

The potential occupations that I would have been good at that filtered through included accountant, chiropractor, crime scene investigator, CFO, botanist, fashion designer, and photographer among others.  I took some time to connect with several of these, and pictured and felt myself living a very different life than the one that I ended up with.

On the other hand, I have never had any desire to do anything other than what was presented to me in this lifetime.  I also had the feeling that my other selves were living lives engaged in these various activities at the same time that I was focused on the here and now.  I do not know if you would call these parallel realities or dimensions, or even parallel universes.  Also, from a higher viewpoint, all of these realities are happening at the same time. 

So if you want to experience an interesting exercise, sit quietly in meditation and ask for one of your alternate realities to be shown to you.  Once you get a good handle on it, just pop in as if you were really there and enjoy the sights, sounds and physical sensations.  You do not even have to use the theme that I described here regarding alternate occupations.  Years ago, I was in the habit of popping into a reality where I was married with a small child.  While I was walking along one particular hiking trail, I actually could feel my husband walking with me with our child between us.  I know that that reality existed somewhere. 

I think that this would be a great exercise to try if you are suffering form some illness and want to experience yourself in perfect health.  Make a connection with the healthy you that exists in a different reality.  Spend some time and really get into it. 

Now, we may also be talking about time travel, jumping from one reality to the next, bi-location, and all sorts of fun stuff.  I firmly believe that we humans have those abilities hidden inside of us somewhere.  Perhaps in genes that have been turned off?  So I’ve presented something here that you can play around with.  See what happens!

April 3, 2021

Babylon Arch

 

One of the hiking groups that I belong to is called the “Rusty Iron Trekkers”.  We live in Iron County, Utah, named because the early settlers mined and smelted iron ore here.  You can just imagine what the rusty stands for, as the members are mostly senior citizens. 

This morning, 6 of us drove south of here and hiked a trail out to the Babylon Arch.  This sandstone arch is named for an abandoned mining town near there called Babylon.  I do know that you can drive to what remains of the town, but I am not sure how close it was to our location.  Just getting near to the trailhead was a bit harrowing as the road was not really good.  We drove as far as we could and then walked the rest of the road to our starting point.  The trail is about 2.6 miles out and back with an elevation change of about 400’. 


So this turned out to be another of the local difficult hikes, although it wasn’t that far.  We were walking in deep sand and scrambling over rocks, all the while going mainly down slope towards the arch.  At one point near the arch, we slid down a steep sandy part of the trail, which wasn’t bad.  Of course, we were dreading having to climb back up on our way out. In this photo, you can see 2 of our group while we were still on the upper and flatter part of the trail.  We were headed towards the green area further out and much lower.
This is a very picturesque trail, with sandstone formations popping out all over the place. 


Here, finally, was the arch.  Very unique, but I thought it would be much larger, like the ones at Arches National Park. 


I did the hike and I’m glad that I did, but would probably not do it again.  I’ve done several here like that!  On the other hand, there are many trails here that I have done multiple times.  With the wildflowers starting to come out, I will be enjoying my favorite hikes soon.