Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Just Do It!


I have been wanting to do free informational videos as part of my coaching business for a while but I kept putting it off for one reason or another...then one day recently I just got a bug up my butt to record one and post it. Well, I went crazy that day taking inspired action - I set up my channel on Youtube.com, uploaded my video, posted the link on my Facebook business page and sent the link to my list in a special email announcing my new feature, "Feel Good Friday!". I was very happy with it and although I knew there was a lot of room for improvement, I felt a sense of accomplishment for just getting it done.

I don't know why I hesitated for so long...well, actually, yes I do - it's a little intimidating to put yourself out there in a way where you are sharing your knowledge, beliefs, advice, expertise and intuition - basically baring your soul for all to see. There are so many haters out there who will cut you down mercilessly (and anonymously) on the Internet without giving it a second thought, so it took me a while before I was in a good place to allow myself to be seen and heard. When I tape these messages, I am coming from a place of love and wanting to be of service, and I am having fun! So I know that whomever resonates with what I am putting out there are the ones who will find me and benefit from what I have to offer.

Now I am really enjoying taping these messages! I feel like I have so much to share that I am recording messages weeks in advance while the inspiration is overflowing. And I am also noticing weird things in these videos...like how asymmetrical my face is and that I need to smile more while delivering my message. But that's just a matter of me accepting and loving myself the way I am, and knowing that I will get better over time. (I am very excited for the day when I will have a production team to take care of the filming, lighting, music, editing and the all-important hair and make-up :) But for now, it's just about the message so I do my best with what I have and what I know right now. Which is all any of us can ever do with our goals.

I will most likely be posting my videos here as a visual blog - more interesting than just reading, don't you think?

My point is this: If you have a dream or a goal that you have been putting off, take the pressure off of yourself to wait until you are perfect before you do it. Just start now and know that you will improve over time, otherwise you are depriving the world of your special gift. If you are doing your best, that's all you can ask of yourself. So heed the words of Nike: "Just Do It!"

Enjoy!

Much love,
Tanna

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Living Peacefully ™ is written by Tanna Marshall, Author, Holistic Life Coach and Spiritual Teacher. If you have any questions or would like more information about any of these services, please contact: tanna@tannamarshall.com or www.tannamarshall.com.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Reconnecting and Adjusting Your Speed

I was inspired by my experience of being glued to the computer for hours while I followed a whim to create my new Facebook Business page.

I had been meaning to do this for a while, both to simplify my life and my involvement online. And suddenly I just had the desire to do it and get it done. Normally I do not love doing things involving technology – it tends to make me feel very tense and stressed, but when I feel inspired to do something, I run with it.


When I was done and new posts directing to the new page were posted, invites to the new page sent out, I realized that I hadn’t had a decent meal all day and I really had to pee. I was also feeling the need for my outdoor alignment time – this is a ritual I have been adamant about keeping up with every day, weather permitting. I have taken some time to really slow down (partly because I was sick for a few weeks) and reconnect with my soul. I have found that the best way to do this is to get outside – I walk barefoot in the grass and spend at least fifteen minutes in the sun for my daily dose of vitamin D and to align with the rhythm of nature.

Most of us are programmed by the corporate world to keep your nose to the grindstone for at least eight to nine hours a day – and if you take too long of a break or any break at all, you are perceived as unproductive and lazy. Our usual pattern is to work for hours until we realize, like I did, that we are hungry and need the bathroom. Often we will ignore these bodily needs and continue working until our blood sugar drops and our bladder is about to burst. The way we handle this is to grab the first food item available (usually sugar) and make a beeline for a quick bathroom break, and then – we run right back to our desks and continue working diligently until it’s time to go home. Or beyond. Then we usually have to deal with traffic on the way home and perhaps there are more responsibilities to take care of at home. We grab another convenient item of food, maybe watch some TV, finally collapse in bed and do it all over again the next day.

This programming took me a long time to break free of, especially since totally switching gears to a completely different line of work in the self-help/personal development/ spiritual community where it is crucial that I take care of myself and stay connected. I cannot expect to be a good coach to my clients or to the community I serve if I am not walking my talk and honoring myself every day. The world I operate in now consists of many other heart-centered entrepreneurs, specializing in many different areas of personal and professional development and they all understand that this is a much different world than the corporate world most of us came from. To be successful in this world, we need to be accountable for staying true to ourselves and honoring our own needs first.

Regardless of which world you live in, you can always commit to making the time to honor yourself without neglecting anyone or anything. You just have to be firm about it and stick to what you find works for you.

I have a coach who like me, came from the corporate entertainment world. I love her stories about working in this predominantly male environment and how during meetings she would announce that she needed to take a break and connect with Spirit for an answer or a solution to a problem they were working on. Of course the men didn’t understand and thought she was a bit wacky, but after coming up with countless, perfect solutions over time, the men would come to her and ask, “Can you go get quiet and focus on this issue?” I love it. This is where we are headed eventually anyway, so we all might as well start learning how to connect and receive messages from our higher selves.

Here is what I have discovered since fully committing to making time to reconnect with my soul out in nature every day: it is the fastest and easiest way to readjust your energy, calm down, slow your heart rate and get into a receptive state. There are endless inspired ideas and divine guidance that are just waiting for us to be able to receive them – we are just usually too busy with our daily business to hear or feel or see them. When you make the time regularly to get into this state, can you imagine how much will come to you to take inspired action? Who’s lazy now?? Some of the most productive, successful, famous and wealthy people who have lived on this planet lived and worked solely through their inspiration and their dreams. Anyone who knows me well knows that the top of that list for me is Walt Disney...what better example of following your dream in spite of all obstacles and everyone thinking you are crazy? Disney is one of the largest brands in the entire world and it all started with one man who believed in his dream. My favorite Walt Disney quote is, “If you can dream it you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.” ‘Nuf said.


 
So back to how we can get there…


When my day gets busy, I literally feel like my engine is revving at 60mph and I feel my body getting stressed and fatigued. Then I know it’s time to take a break. When I get outside, it takes me a good five to ten minutes for my energy to adjust and align with that of nature…which feels more like 5mph. But once I have slowed down and I am present, I feel totally refreshed and reconnected to my Source energy. When you go outside, pay attention and be fully present in the moment: feel the wind blowing on your skin…how is it moving the trees or plants around you? Do you hear birds singing? How many different sounds do you hear? What kind of scents are in the air? How does the sun feel on your skin? I always feel like my body is solar-powered and my internal battery is being recharged by the sun. Notice how your energy has slowed and mellowed out just since beginning this paragraph. Do you feel the difference? Take a breath and just imagine this scene if you cannot get outside right now.

This brings up a valid point – if you have no place to go during your day to reconnect with yourself in nature, just close your eyes a few times a day and go there in your mind – it can be just as powerful.

My point is that we all need to take a time out regularly – not just on the weekend (and many of you don’t slow down even then…), not just when you have vacation time (and really, let’s admit it – you still stay connected through your phone and/or laptop and/or Blackberry…) so I’m sure you can see how crucial it is that you make the time for yourself, no matter what else is going on in your day or in your life, to slow down and reconnect with the energy that created you and supports you every day. When I do not do this, inevitably I will have some sort of meltdown followed by illness.

Make a commitment to doing this for a week and I guarantee you will feel the difference, and you will not be any less productive – probably more so, if anything. It’s very simple:

Stop.

Breathe.

Go outside.

Breathe some more.

Walk barefoot in the grass.

Notice the wind, the birds and the scents and sounds around you.

Feel your energy align with the slower pace of nature…keep breathing.

Allow your being to absorb the luscious feeling of this slower energy.

Breathe some more.

Return to whatever you were doing.

Repeat often.

I actually had to wrestle with myself about writing this blog…I was inspired while I was outside but I knew I still needed to give my body a break from work and relax. But the inspiration was too strong so here we are J I compromised – I wrote it while it was still fresh in my mind and I allowed myself to wait a day before posting it. It’s an art that we fine-tune over time – when to stop and when to continue on with inspired action. What you are reading is a result of a balance of both.

Wishing you a beautiful day with a slower pace and lots of inspired ideas!

Much love,
Tanna


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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sticks and Stones...Leave Marks


I had lunch with a dear friend from high school yesterday and we were reminiscing about old times and people we used to hang out with. Although it was a fun and crazy time, it was also one of the worst times in my life as far as my self-esteem. I surrounded myself with a lot of people who did not treat me well.

Over the years I learned to take responsibility for everything I attracted and created throughout my life, from a chronic illness to my job situations to the people I spent my time with. I also learned a lot about forgiveness…what an interesting subject. I’ve learned, as I’m sure many of you have, that forgiveness is not condoning another’s behavior, nor is it releasing them from responsibility for their actions. It is for you to have the peace of mind you deserve. It is to allow yourself to let go of any grudges, resentments or negative feelings that are not doing the other person any harm, but are festering within you. I’m sure you’ve heard the quote, “Resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die”. Let’s stop drinking our own poison, shall we?

I have also heard of many people who transform their hate and resentment into love for those who have wronged them…Jesus was the first one to teach this principle. This is a hard pill for some of us to swallow, so let me just suggest that you send good energy that person’s way and wish them the best if it is too difficult to bring yourself to actually love them.

I have had a lot of people to forgive in my life and although I became better and better at forgiving, I would still not forget, just to make sure I did not let the same thing happen again as a form of self-protection. I often felt that I wasn’t being spiritual by not forgetting those past hurts, and once again, it messed with my self-esteem. Until I heard a story recently that made me feel better.

There was an angry little boy who had a difficult home situation. He was becoming very mean and bullying not only other kids at school, but he was disrespectful and rude to his single mother. She finally sent him to spend some time with his grandmother who quickly took control of the situation. Every time the boy said something mean or disrespectful, she had him go into the garage and hammer a nail into a large board. He was a small boy and this was a difficult task for him. After about ten nails, the lesson finally began to sink in and he slowly improved his behavior and caught himself before those mean words could escape his mouth.

Then his grandmother had him get the board and remove all of the nails, which was an even more difficult task. She told him to look at the board and think of the nails as every mean thing he had ever said to anyone. The nails were removed, but they left a permanent mark. This really hit home with the boy and he finally had a deep understanding about the damage he had done.

I love this story because I realized that even if I were the most pious, spiritual, above-it-all person in the world, those emotional wounds from the past would still remain, and nothing can make them disappear. However – I can choose to fill those permanent holes in my heart with love and forgiveness, not only for those who hammered those emotional nails into it, but for myself for allowing those people into my experience.
 

I’ve had several people from my past reach out to connect with me and although much time has passed and they might have changed, I still don’t feel the need to reconnect with them. Now I live in a place of love for myself, where I only do what feels good and spend my precious time with people who love and appreciate me. And I live a pretty wonderful life these days surrounded by amazing people.

Of course, it goes without saying that we have all inflicted pain on others, whether we meant to or not. All we can do is forgive ourselves and do our best going forward each day to spread love and happiness whenever and wherever we can.

So let go of those past hurts, forgive those who have wronged you – for YOU and YOUR peace of mind, for no other reason – and live each day in a place of loving and honoring yourself. You will find that you no longer attract anyone with an emotional hammer or nails J
 
Much love,
Tanna

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Living Peacefully ™ is written by Tanna Marshall, Author, Holistic Consultant and Personal Coach. If you have any questions or would like more information about Living Peacefully, please contact: Tanna@.tannamarshall.com or www.tannamarshall.com.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What is an Infinite Woman?


That’s what I asked myself back in December when I was relaxing in the steam room at Burke Williams and as I mindlessly pondered the image of an infinity symbol, these words came into my mind, loud and clear:
“INFINITE WOMAN”.


That sounded fascinating to me and I thought, “Ooooooh, what’s that?” Then I heard, “MEDITATIVE MOVEMENT” and again I thought, “Wow – what’s that?”

And then came, “YOU HAVE TO CREATE IT”. So I thought, “Yes, I will!”

I have great respect for inspired ideas, especially when they are so clearly given. I knew that I had just been given a gift…but also a puzzle. I had to figure out what this is and how it wants to be expressed in the world. After sharing this bit of inspiration with a few close friends, they were fascinated and interested in the concept and urged me to get on this and make it happen quickly since it was something unusual that was not out there anywhere that we knew of. I added the tagline, “the possibilities are endless…” because that was how I felt about this new venture and I wanted to share that sentiment with anyone who decided to come along for the ride.

So I had my husband and a designer friend create the logo. (Isn’t it beautiful?) We had t-shirts made. I created a website. I sat in meditation to receive guidance about what this Meditative Movement thing was. I collaborated with two close friends on developing the routine, both Pilates instructors, one also a chiropractor, the other also an S Factor instructor. (Thank you Andromeda and Maureen!) Andromeda also happens to own a Pilates studio two minutes from my house and she agreed to let me rent a space there to hold classes. We were off and running!

I actually love the routine and I love teaching the classes, yet I knew that Infinite Woman was so much more than just a weekly class. I felt it was meant to be a support community for women to uplift, inspire and empower each other. The class gave women a place and time to reserve for themselves to relax and empty their minds, enjoy moving their bodies and to play in the energy of their goals and dreams in a safe, comfortable atmosphere where no one was on display and no one was judging. But still I knew there must be more…

I wanted to reach more women, to help them connect and to be there to help and guide them on their path in any way I could. Again, I had to get quiet and listen for the guidance. I then felt a strong pull to do a monthly teleclass. This way, anyone, anywhere can participate. Soon I will be creating a group page on Facebook. Programs for helping women attract their perfect partners, understand energy and manifestation and creating their perfect bodies are in the creation stage. The inspiration is coming faster than I can create!

As I have been developing this divine entity known as “Infinite Woman”, I have found myself being transformed by the experience. My life is changing. My body is changing. My business is changing. My relationships are changing – all for the better. This is an incredible journey I am on - I don’t know exactly where it will take me, but I hope that women everywhere will join me.

So to answer the question above, let me share what came to me in meditation as the copy for the website:

What is an Infinite Woman?

* She is a woman who believes she can do anything.

* She is comfortable in her body, confident in her mind and content in her spirit.

* She knows that she has the support of a feminine community and also that of

a benevolent Universal energy that is conspiring on her behalf.

* She is a woman who craves and knows that she deserves time for herself.

* She knows that for her, the possibilities are endless…

Ladies, I invite you to come play in the Infinite Energy with us, whether in person or online because there is nothing like understanding the energetic principles of the Universe and knowing you have a powerful, feminine community behind you, cheering you on toward the realization of your dreams.

If you’d like to join us or learn more about classes and upcoming events, please check out www.infinitewoman.com.

Wishing you a divinely blessed, infinitely abundant day!
Much love,
Tanna


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Thursday, February 2, 2012

How's It Going So Far?




We’re into the second month of the New Year – all of the festivities of the holiday and the anticipatory excitement of the beginning of a new year are behind us…how are you feeling?

If you’re still charged up and feeling great about the infinite possibilities for this year and forging ahead with confidence, that’s great! However, often we feel a bit “blah” at this point. Maybe you’re not as excited about your resolutions as you were on January 1st and have let them slide a bit. Maybe you got caught up in your everyday routine and went back to feeling a little numb and not expecting anything to change. Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed with the goals you set for this year and have gone into inertia. It's all OK. For those of you who are feeling stuck and frustrated, here is what I want you to do:

Nothing.

Let go. Relax about it all. Be easy on yourself. Be kind to yourself. The more you stress, worry, doubt or are fearful and anxious about what you feel you “should” be doing or have done by now will only work against you. As much as it seems that stepping back and doing nothing are counter-productive, believe me, if you allow yourself to relax, new ideas, inspiration and motivation will come to you.

Allow yourself to play in the energy of what you are working toward as if it is already here, while appreciating all that is right and wonderful in this present moment. Spend some quiet time every day with your eyes closed and imagining how it would feel to have your dream become reality. Simply enjoy the feeling and then embody that emotion as much as you can throughout your day. Have fun with this – enjoy the process.

Try this just for fun – don’t take it too seriously, but make a point every day of letting go and relaxing, even if just for a minute. Then let’s see where you are a month from now – you may be surprised!

Breathe and enjoy!

Much Love,
Tanna


Living Peacefully ™ is written by Tanna Marshall, Author, Holistic Consultant and Personal Coach. If you have any questions or would like more information about Living Peacefully, please contact:
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Post-Holiday Blahs....


Welcome to 2012!

Now that the holidays are over, you may be feeling a bit let down and anti-climactic. As promised, I have a New Year's gift to help with that - 
"Overcoming the Post-Holiday Blues". 

You can access it here -
http://www.living-peacefully.com/Products_and_Services.html

One of my intentions for the new year is to spend less time working on the computer when I could be spending more quality time with my mom, so this will be another short, but sweet message.

Enjoy and Happy New Year!
Much love,
Tanna

Living Peacefully ™ is written by Tanna Marshall, Author, Holistic Consultant, Energy Healer and Personal Coach. If you have any questions or would like more information about Living Peacefully, please contact:
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Joy or Holiday Stress?


Are you feeling excited about the holidays finally arriving and looking forward to all the fun traditions you always enjoy?


Or are you starting to feel the pressure of your holiday “To-Do” list? Do you feel yourself rushing to get things done and not really enjoying this time of year like you used to?



To help you get a head start on your holiday plans and minimize your stress this season, I’m giving you an early present – my free ebook,
“Your Holiday Survival Guide.”



You can access it here:
http://www.living-peacefully.com/Products_and_Services.html

That's it - a short but sweet message for you today. 

Relax, (when you can) stay present and enjoy the journey this season!

Much love,
Tanna


Living Peacefully ™ is written by Tanna Marshall, Author, Holistic Consultant, Energy Healer and Personal Coach. If you have any questions or would like more information about Living Peacefully, please contact:
Tanna@living-peacefully.com
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gratitude or Gravy?


There are a lot of articles and posts on Facebook and Twitter this week about what people are thankful for, and that is wonderful to see. We’re so fortunate in this country to have a holiday that causes us to pause and think about what we’re grateful for.

Or is it just a day to stuff ourselves?

Obviously, we all look forward to a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with all the traditional dishes – I’m sure you have your favorite – most likely concluding with a pumpkin pie or some dessert of pumpkin origin followed by a food coma. I know a lot of people look forward to the football games that will be on TV.

Some people just look forward to the four day weekend as a welcome respite from their busy schedules and a time to catch their breath before all the big holiday events begin.

Often we just float through this day as another tradition that doesn’t mean any more to us than any other day off. Some of you may be dreading the obligatory appearance at a family gathering that will be full of stress and drama.

Some of you may have no family nearby, no time or money to get home or perhaps no family at all. I’m always happy to see my California transplant friends get together for an “Orphan Thanksgiving”.

If you have nowhere to go, and you feel so inclined, you could help out at a homeless shelter, feeding those who don’t have much and making connections that will mean so much to someone else. Or you could find an elderly person to visit who would otherwise be spending the holiday alone. You can make this a Thanksgiving to remember if it is your intention is to do so.

Whatever your plans are tomorrow, whether it’s a dinner you’re looking forward to for the company or the food (or both), or if you’ll be numbly counting the minutes until you can leave wherever you are obligated to be, or you don’t have any plans at all – take a moment to stop and think of what you are thankful for. It’s a holiday – you don’t have to work and most likely you have Friday to yourself as well so there should be some time in there for a moment of genuine gratitude.

If you can’t seem to think of much to be grateful for, let me help you – Do you have your health? Do you have a home, a bed to sleep in, clothes to wear and food to eat? Do you have people in your life who love and support you? Do you have a job? Do you have a car? Do you have money in the bank? Do you have activities that you enjoy? Do you have a strong belief system that keeps you going? Do you have hopes and dreams for the future?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these – be thankful for that. There is always a blessing somewhere in our lives, even when we think we have nothing. Think of the less fortunate who don’t have the luxury of a traditional meal in a nice home. And I would bet that you would still find that they are grateful for what they do have, even if it doesn’t seem like much.

Enjoy your day, however you are spending it, whomever you will be with, whether you are looking forward to it or not, and make sure to include some “thanks” in your Thanksgiving.

I wish you a day of gratitude, gravy and many blessings this holiday season.
Much love,
Tanna


Living Peacefully ™ is written by Tanna Marshall, Author, Holistic Consultant and Personal Coach. If you have any questions or would like more information about Living Peacefully, please contact:
Tanna@living-peacefully.com
www.living-peacefully.com
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Friday, November 11, 2011

Be Responsible for Your Energy

Today is a great day to examine your energy – this high-powered day, 11/11/11, is so fully charged and millions of people are taking to really feel it and make shifts toward more positive thoughts and feelings.

It also happens to be Veteran’s Day so please take a moment to be grateful to all those who have served our country to keep it the land of the free and the home of the brave.

For those of you watching Oprah’s Lifeclass on OWN, you may remember the class that was all about being responsible for the energy you bring everywhere you go. She even has a sign in her make-up room to remind everyone who enters to be responsible for the energy they bring into her space. Wouldn't it be nice if everyone were responsible for their energy?

How often do we really think about the energy we bring with us when we are with others, entering their homes, their workspaces or just their personal space? We know when we feel the energy of those who enter our space and whether it is positive or negative. Or we could say, whether it feels good or feels bad to us. That is a great, simple indicator of what resonates with you on the highest level – does it feel good or not?

This also ties into the Lifeclass about the scientific effects of energy from a physics perspective: What you put out comes back to you. Like attracts like. Newton’s Third Law of Motion: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. It’s the Law of Attraction. It’s not woo woo spiritual stuff, it is scientific fact.

If you’d like a visual to help understand the basic truth and power behind your words and emotions, check out Dr. Emoto’s water crystal photos – a few of which are pictured above. Pretty powerful, isn't it?

It’s always helpful to examine what you are attracting, especially if you’re not happy with it. If you don’t like what’s happening in your life, take a good look at yourself and your habitual thoughts and beliefs. The thing to remember is that the common denominator in your life is YOU. So ask yourself, what are you putting out there to attract experiences that you don’t want and are not enjoying? Many people don’t want to take that responsibility and will even become angry and defensive when the idea is presented to them. They prefer to stay in a blaming mentality and that’s OK – not everyone is ready to understand these principles yet. Hopefully someday they will, for their own sake.

When you do take responsibility, you free yourself from being a victim of the behavior of others and unwanted situations. Instead, you empower yourself to create the life you want with the knowledge that your thoughts and emotions generate the energy you are sending out into the world. Whatever you put out will come back to you in some form or another, so be mindful of your attitude and expectations.

We have become so accustomed to having a knee-jerk reaction to anything we find unpleasant that we lose all our power. We take everything personally and feel that the world is being totally uncooperative and is working against us. The key word here is “reaction.” This usually happens without our even thinking – we just lash out when we feel threatened or unjustly treated. We make it all about us.

When you slow down and become more thoughtful about what comes up for you, and then make a conscious decision to decide how (or if) you want to respond to a situation, you have just taken back your power and mastered your own life.

So if this makes no sense to you and makes you angry, that’s OK, just let it go. But if you want to take responsibility for creating what you really want to attract and experience in your life, learn as much as you can about how energy and the Law of Attraction work. You can stop being a victim and become the master of your reality.

Which feels better?

Much love,
Tanna

Living Peacefully ™ is written by Tanna Marshall, Author, Holistic Consultant and Personal Coach. If you have any questions or would like more information about Living Peacefully, please contact:
Tanna@living-peacefully.com
www.living-peacefully.com
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Monday, October 31, 2011

What's Your Favorite Scary Movie?


After watching "Scream 4" (among many other horror movies this past weekend), I heard that line way too many times. But it was part of the scary fun....well, for the audience at least.

I have always loved Halloween and more specifically, horror movies. I was watching the scariest, goriest films out there by the time I was six. I have no idea why it fascinated me so much, but it did and never bothered me or gave me nightmares. I remember when I was twelve a neighbor had the Z Channel (anyone remember when there was only ONE cable movie channel?) so I went over and watched “The Exorcist” three nights in a row. I know - what's wrong with that 12 year old?

Later on I was more into the slasher movies because I wanted to be a make-up artist specializing in gore. I loved to see all the different scenarios and wondered how they made it look so real. I didn’t become a professional make-up artist, but I lived out that fantasy every Halloween, coming up with the grossest and scariest costumes I could think of – dead school girl, dead prom queen, dead saloon girl, (dead was a big theme, always the result of violence with lots of blood) vampire, victim of vampire, bad knife-thrower’s assistant…etc. I also brought all my make-up to work to give anyone who wanted a little gore a bullet wound, a slashed throat, a black eye or a spike in the head. So much fun!

My boss at that time, Adam, always let me do his costume and make-up. One year he went into his boss’ office for a meeting, forgetting about the make-up and nearly gave the guy a heart attack – he thought Adam had really been in a bloody accident. I love it!

I also used to frequent Knott’s Scary Farm with my friends – we went every year for 15 years. We always had a blast being scared out of our wits. But eventually I began to think, “Aaaah - too many teenagers everywhere!” Yikes – I used to be one of those teenagers! I knew my time with that tradition was done, but it was scary fun while it lasted.

Why do we love the creepiness of Halloween? Probably for the same reason we love rollercoasters – it’s a thrill, it scares us, but ultimately we know we are safe. It’s fun to explore our dark sides with no lasting effects – just finish watching the movie or take off the costume and wash off the make-up.

Or are there lasting effects?

A while ago I began noticing that these horrific images began lingering in my consciousness. I found myself dreaming about the most recent horror movie I had just watched. I began having dreams about the unearthly face from “The Exorcist” – silently watching me, menacing. That freaked me out.

So began the habit of the happy movie after the horror movie to even out my brain. Even this past weekend of having a horror movie marathon with my husband really messed up my energy and put me in a dark place emotionally. Thank goodness for Tivo'd episodes of Oprah's Lifeclass to significantly raise my vibration back up where it belongs. I've detoxed in the last few years so much from scary, disturbing movies that they greatly affect me now more than ever. I think next year I'll stick to "It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!".

This negative eeriness all came to a head a few years ago one Halloween when I was going to attempt my greatest feat make-up wise – Regan of the unearthly face. My eye doctor does special effect contact lenses for movies and actually made the ones that Linda Blair wore in the movie. Since then he’s done just about every vampire movie and anything else requiring special effects with the eyes. So I got a pair of scary, yellow, red-rimmed contacts from him, (in the photo here) and began studying photos of the face online. I needed to know all the little details that you wouldn’t be aware of unless you really looked.

I began feeling uneasy and creeped out at night in my apartment – had I invited dark forces into my energy field with the planning of this costume? I couldn’t wait for Halloween to be over so I could take my attention off of the scary face.

Then one night I had a dream that shook me to my core. Now, I am a Christian, but not hard-core – I believe Jesus was one of the greatest spiritual teachers who ever lived and I aim to live a good life and follow his teachings. So when I had a dream where Jesus came to me and asked, “Why do you want to emulate something so evil?” I was so freaked out that I immediately abandoned the idea. When Jesus speaks to you so directly and clearly, you listen.

A friend at work then requested that I do it on her since she was an atheist. I did do the make-up on her and she won the costume contest at the office Halloween party. So mission accomplished, ultimately.

My point is, even when you're just having fun, always be aware of what energy you are inviting into your experience and what images you are putting into your subconscious. Limit the safe scares to what is fun but will not leave a negative, lasting impression on your psyche. On a regular basis, make sure to fill your heart, mind and spirit with uplifting, happy, positive, inspirational images, information and people. You don’t want any underlying negativity to attract people or situations that you don’t want to invite into your experience.

That said, have a safe (in every aspect) and Happy Halloween!

With love,
Tanna

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