SIMON SAYS! It’s a control game….

simonsaysRemember the game “Simon Says” from when you were a child? Would you like to play? Come on, humor me, it’s just a fun little game.

The rules of the game are simple. You can only do what “Simon” tells you to do.

Simon says raise your left hand. Simon says put your hands on your hips. Simon says touch your toes.

Simon says touch your nose.  Simon says clap your hands. Simon says blink your eyes. Touch your head. Simon says wiggle your toes. Simon says “say HOORAH!”

Wasn’t that fun?! Did you do everything Simon said? Maybe you found it silly or maybe you simply smiled as you reconnected with a bit of your inner child. (If you didn’t play that’s ok, read on anyway.)

Now let me ask you something, did you touch your head? Did Simon say to do it? If you didn’t touch your head you get to stay in the game. If you did touch your head, you’re out. Bye. Don’t feel bad though. You were just humoring me right? It’s just a silly game….or is it?

From the time we are born we are “taught” to follow the rules, do what we’re told, mind our manners, don’t speak until we are spoken to.  We asked permission to do something or we waited for someone to tell us what to do.  Of course, this is good for children but what happens when the control programming carries over into our adult life?

The game “Simon Says” illustrates how easily we can be programmed to follow the rules and allow others to control us. Simon, the control, tells us to do something and we do it. If Simon doesn’t say it…well, we lost. We failed. We’re out of the game and effectively out of the group.

No one WANTS to lose when their FRIENDS are still playing and so, early on, we figure out that the next time we play the game, all we have to do is make sure that we listen intently to “Simon” the control. We don’t do anything unless Simon Says we should.

Do you, or did you, have a “Simon” in your life? Are you waiting for Simon to say you can DO something? Do you find yourself following the leader so you are part of a group?  Do you spend time responding to rules that may not even apply in present time?

Did you, or are you currently, following someone else’s “rules” or, more importantly, are you still following imaginary rules and playing the game therefore allowing yourself to be controlled by them? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions or you recognize there has been a control at work in your life, maybe it’s time to clear the energy.

If you’re not clear on what I’m taking about think back to a time when an authority figure said to you “Stop it! You’re out of control.” (If no one has ever said that to you, or you haven’t felt that way at some point consider yourself lucky.)

Once you remember that moment ask yourself whose control were you out of? (That’s a hint that maybe the person who said you were out of control meant you were out of their control.) When you become aware of and release the control or “Simon says” pictures that are indeed a part of all of us, you begin to heal a part of you that stops you from being who you truly are.

As you release more “Simons” and stop playing the game you find your freedom and become senior in your space. You are present and in charge as the authority and creator. You come alive with possibilities!

We’ve all allowed ourselves to be controlled or programmed at one time or another but when we start living a more awakened life, those controls hinder and instead of help. If you’re having a challenge with this…I’ll help you out. SIMON SAYS find your freedom!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Debra Taitel is a gifted Clairvoyant Visionary, Energy Healer, Author, and Intuitive Business Consultant providing insight and guidance to clients around the world. In addition to her clairvoyant readings, business consulting and healing work Debra also offers one to one personal empowerment sessions and leads meditation workshops to help people heal and awaken to their own truth and spiritual gifts.

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Do You Live and EmbodyYour Spiritual Practice?

meditation-pool“Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.”~Jon Kabat-Zinn

Do you have a spiritual practice like prayer, meditation, gratitude etc? What is yours and what is the purpose?

Everyone probably has a different answer because in addition to thousands of different types of spiritual practices there are equally thousands of different reasons. No matter how you practice I’d be willing to bet you feel better at some point afterwards. I say ‘at some point’ only because there are some practices that bring awareness to things that are initially disturbing to acknowledge. Otherwise, in general, most of us feel better afterwards.

We release resistance, we pray for ourselves and others, we work on gratitude, and practice however we do then, when we are feeling better and most pleased with ourselves, we get up and go about our day. The question of the day is this, once you’ve completed your spiritual practice do you embody the practice and incorporate it into your everyday life?

What if you went beyond the point of meditating or praying or gratitude (or whatever your spiritual practice) and decided to (as my mentor and spiritual teacher Michael Tamura says) “live the miracle”? This life IS a miracle to be enjoyed and lived to its fullest!

A friend of mine recently wrote about a profound realization she experienced. “I’m finding that my prayer, meditation, gratitude, and the other things I consider my “spiritual practice” are actually just preparations. And that the real spiritual practice is going out into the world and getting down in the dirt with mine and other’s character defects and the reality of life on life’s terms.”

She is so right. Your spiritual practice is not only practice but a preparation for you to go out into the world to embody and live it. It’s not a one and done proposition. We move through our world and face different challenges every day. Life is clearly about the journey not the destination.

We are growing and changing every day and our spiritual practice helps prepare us for the journey. It prepares us to uncover, accept and forgive things within ourselves and increase our awareness. It helps us accept and forgive others as a result of seeing ourselves (and them) in a different light.

My friend went on to say “Accepting that being in the world is practice makes the transition from quiet time feel less like a sharp edge in my chest!”. I loved that response because there are times it really does feel like a sharp blade cutting through us. For sensitive people, the world can feel like a harsh slap in the face after sitting home peacefully in meditation.

When you choose to “live the miracle” you move through the world differently. You are more aware and more prepared for what life brings you. You may not realize it but you already do bring a certain part of your spiritual practice with you AND it has an effect on every single person you meet even if you don’t speak with them.

A consistent spiritual practice helps us live our purpose and become the best person we can be.  Our practice grows a space to be more caring and compassionate with ourselves and others. It helps us open our hearts, move past inner pain and, most importantly, it prepares us to embody spirit and live the miracle we call life~Shine Your Light Debbie 

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Debra Taitel is a gifted Clairvoyant Visionary, Energy Healer, Author, and Intuitive Business Consultant providing insight and guidance to clients around the world. In addition to her clairvoyant readings, business consulting and healing work Debra also offers one to one personal empowerment sessions and leads meditation workshops to help people heal and awaken to their own truth and spiritual gifts.