The Sublime

Reflections pertaining to spirituality, musings for the mind, and notions to nourish the soul.

Manchester Arena Bombing: Premonition Analysis

It is my intention to share this with the general public as to shed light on how abstract, symbolic and even literal, a premonition can be. Upon reading and dissecting this entry, you will find the premonition was full of clues.

Below, you will find photos of my actual Dream Diary premonition dated 4/21/17. There are four (4) pages. My handwriting was substandard due to anxiety caused by having the premonition, as well as the time I recorded it. 

Often, I sit up in bed, grab a pen and the diary from my nightstand and start jotting as much as I can without consideration for grammar, punctuation, and so forth. Note: After learning of an association between a premonition and an actual event, I make notations next to the original entry.


Transcription of Diary Entry

4/21/17 @ 5:00AM – I am literally freaking out! Premonition contact. Mike picked me up and we drove. It was nice out. Said had to go to mall. He took me. I see an odd looking building – mall – ? – Glass – strange shape in center – we parked car and walk into this place mall ?? Lots of stairs in all directions and come to a bridge with glass connecting to main bldg [building]. Tons of kids. Before we get to bridge there are Saudi’s – Middle Easterners – they watch us but don’t say anything. A Middle Easterner comes rushing to me and we breakaway – cross bridge. More kids – older teens – not little kids, and adults. There are restaurants, stores – looks like food court with many seats. I see a store – some odd merch. [merchandise] and start to walk in w/Mike and change my mind. We start to leave and I tell Mike we have to go home. Different Middle Easterners now on bridge – scary -halfway across bridge the guy rushes back to us and says, “Get out of here!It’s gonna start! It’s gonna blow!” He then says he’s not a bad person and superhumanly pushes us to the other side. Just as we get to other side of bridge a huge explosion takes place. Kids and adults screaming horrific bang. Pink and white confetti in air from center with seats – that is area hit with blast. Chaos. We run to park lot and are stopped again by man who says he can help us. He’s w/CIA and not to be afraid. We pass him and go to parking lot. We hear people screaming & crying. I start crying and praying for help. Mike says we have to go. – End of dream – I think bridge – the bridge means area or location – glass – sports shoes, mall ? or something like a mall. Saudi Arabia will have connection to this event before it happens, then Middle Easterners – kids – a mall full of kids. ? Pink & white confetti. Whoever this dream symbolizes will be radical event. I think on American soil but not sure – most in dream were speaking English but the before & prior to were Saudi, then a different M.E. [Middle Easterner] I saw palm trees and white – a lot of white. This is incredibly unnerving as it involves kids in some mall-like place. The blast was hellish. Heart racing so fast when I woke up. Saying prayers. JMM

Clue Analysis of Premonition

(Page 1)

Mall: I saw it to be a large, public building, holding many people and stated on more than one occasion it was mall-like. An arena is quite similar.

Odd looking building, Glass, Strange shape in center: The arena complex is oddly shaped. The center (box office and merchandise area) is where the bomb exploded. There is also a large, glass ceiling over the area.

Parked car: Refer to photo and parking structure adjacent to area of bombing. (BBC)


Lots of stairs: There are many sets of stairs both inside and outside of the arena.

Bridge: Refer to Page 3 for explanation. 

Tons of kids: I recall being somewhat confused as to why so many kids were at the “mall” but now understand.

Saudis and Middle Easterners: Refer to Page 3 for explanation. 

(Page 2)

Looks like food court: In addition to the main “mall” I saw an isolated area that appeared to me as a food court with kids gathering in it. The area of the blast is called The City Room, a smaller area next to the Box Office where people were exiting the concert.

Store…Some odd merch (merchandise): As stated by TMZ, ” . . . the blast occurred in the City Room, a rotunda attached to the concert hall where Ariana had performed minutes before. The space is used to sell merchandise from concerts and to advertise upcoming shows.” (Refer to photo) (VOA News / Europe) 


We start to leave…It’s gonna blow…Huge explosion…Kids and adults screaming: The bombing took place as concert goers began to leave.

Pink and white confetti from center with seats: Many photos show pink balloons had been dropped from the ceiling at some point during the concert.

(Page 3)

I think bridge – the bridge means area or location: This was actually one of the biggest indications of where the event was to take place. I was focused on the actual bridge when in fact, the address of the adjacent parking structure where the explosion took place is: NCP Car Park, New BRIDGE Street, Manchester (Refer to photo). (Google)


Saudi Arabia will have connection to this event before it happens, then Middle Easterners: As the timeline unfolded, President Trump visited Saudi Arabia on 5/21 (the day prior to the bombing), and was in Israel on 5/22 (the day of).

Radical event: ISIS claimed responsibility and the suicide bomber was radicalized.

Most in dream speaking English: More confusion on my part, as I was not quite sure if this was going to be a U.S. event. The United Kingdom fits into this.

In conclusion, this is one example of how a premonition will present. An interesting aside is the fact it occurred on 4/21/17, and the event took place on 5/22/17: One month and a day following the vision.

The Manchester England Tragedy 

Having a difficult day processing what has happened with the most recent premonition involving Ariana Grande. I am contemplating releasing the actual Dream Diary entry for the simple reason that one will be able to see literal and symbolic elements of a psychic premonition. 

I had advised several people of those details after waking, on the morning of 4/21. I continued to pray that the premonition would not come to fruition, given the strong element of children associated with it. 

Terror is inexplicably evil. More so, anything that involves children goes beyond atrocious. To target an event highly centered around children and young adults, is reprehensible.

I always ask for others to pray, or chant, in hopes of lessening the impact. I also believe that a joint effort will positively combat the negative connotations of such a premonition. 

We must look for the miracles in the midst of violence. We must not allow ourselves to hold onto fear, yet be wise and use these tragic moments in history to educate and inform. We must also rely onto our spirituality and faith to get us through such trying times. 

My heart is heavy. I cried to my son, my partner,  and to my mother last night. This is one aspect of my abilities that can cause great pain. Far too often, the good I see and foretell gets lost on a larger scale, as people do not seem to want to hear about someone else’s good fortune or joy; they are interested in much more widely appealing visions. I understand that. 

Please continue to pray for the victims, their families, friends and the community of Manchester. Also, and not to be minimized, pray for Ariana Grande. I cannot imagine the shadow this has cast upon her, and the scar that will undoubtedly form in her heart given her innocent association to this tragedy. 

I weep, just as I have in the aftermath of other visions that have ended so brutally, and especially, for the parents who have lost children in light of these monstrous acts against humanity. 

Will this premonition break me? No. However, I will grieve and look at the lessons that come forth. I will also look for the miracles that are born from this nightmare. 

Pain and heartbreak may carry the hallmarks of weakness, yet in the end, can certainly make us wiser, and stronger. To be a strong individual is a blessing, and to become united in a show of strength during adversity, all the greater.

Premonition Dated 4/21/17

I wish that I had better news. As you know, I like to keep you posted with my premonitions. 

On 4/21/17 I tweeted and posted asking for prayers due to a horrible premonition. Unfortunately, the details recorded in my dream diary match up (literally and symbolically) to the event in Manchester, England, at the Ariana Grande concert. 

Please pray for those who have lost their lives, or have been injured, as well as their family, friends and the community. Thank you for offering to pray following my request on 4/21. 

We have more work to do🙏🏻❤️

Global Garden 

Saw this striking plant for the first time today while on a walk. Love the contrast against the green and fuchsia colored landscaping. It reminded me of a quote:

“We were all born to be peaceful citizens of the world. Take care of your global garden and do not allow evil gardeners to try and convince you which flowers are ugly and which should be destroyed. This is God’s universe and he is the master gardener of all. If you see ugliness in his creations, then you see ugliness in our Creator. Wake up. If we eliminate all colors in his garden, then what would be a rainbow with only one color? And what would be a garden with only one kind of flower? Why would the Creator create a vast assortment of plants, ethnicities, and animals, if only one beast or seed is to dominate all of existence?” – Suzy Kassem

Psychic Profile of Vanessa Marcotte’s Killer

I’m a little behind with this update but since it’s now public information, I can share my profile of Vanessa Marcotte’s killer. He was arrested on Saturday (article with photo of suspect below).

Some of you may recall a dual premonition I posted about the Kardashians, and a murder (August 2016). Both came to fruition shortly afterwards. You may reference the post I made relative to these visions here. The profiling example contained within this specific post is in direct reference to that premonition.

First of all: Thank God the MA State Police have taken him off the streets. My thoughts and prayers go out to Vanessa’s family, friends and the community of Princeton, MA.

Secondly, I did NOT consult on this case. I did post the premonition relative to her death just before her murder, unaware of who she was. It was one of the more horrifying visions I have had. A few days after her murder, I developed a profile.

I have now reposted screenshots of my profile of her killer based upon the vision and assessment of the case. It is time and date stamped (top of each photo) as 8/10/16 at 1:33AM and 1:34AM. You will see that a fan responded to my post on the night of the original post. I later decided it was best to take it down.

Upon review of several online articles detailing the suspect who was arrested, I now see that I have thus far, been spot-on with many factors including:

Age, hair and eye color, skin/complexion, his eyes are uneven, the letter “C” connected to him (Colon), repetitious pattern/path/schedule (Fed Ex driver in the area), not from Princeton (next town over) and recently moved to MA from Puerto Rico.

Updates 4/18/17: Various news agencies are reporting he has 3 brothers, and has made crude/explicit statements a women on his route.

I have not yet found any info re. his height but profiled him at approx. 5’10” (average). I will continue to check my profile against additional details once they are made public.

This gives you an idea of what I do when I work a cold case. I always develop a profile and then give time to see if the spirit of the deceased contacts me, by which I can gather additional information.

Continued prayers for the Marcotte family. I pray this brings them some type of closure. Also, a job well-done by the MA State Police.

Article and photo of suspect: 
http://bit.ly/2okBJFP

Photos: Original posts to my Facebook Fan Page dates 8/10/16

Blocking: Spiritual Protection

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Blocking, or spiritual protection, is something that my maternal grandmother taught me at a young age. The method that she bestowed upon me has been a staple in my life, as well as has saved my fanny, more times than I can count.

The premise of this post is to provide insight to the blocking exercises I use to protect myself from spiritual attack. Over time, I have modified them, preserving the core elements that were taught to me.

Blocking takes a great deal of practice, as well as patience. In turn, what may work for me, may not for someone else. That aside, I have successfully helped hundreds of people master the techniques, and continue to educate interested parties on this issue. I take spiritual protection very seriously. You may refer to my books for insight as to why.

Spiritual protection involves doing many things at once. Its purpose is to create a fortress. Regardless of religion, I incorporate a host of tips and tools to help ward-off spiritual attacks. My motto has evolved to be: The more, the better.

Think of your spiritual fortress as a security system (I used this analogy during the Facebook LIVE feed). Your home is the equivalent of your body, mind and soul. The burglar/criminal represents darkness and evil.

Sure, you can use a door bar to prevent a criminal from entering via the door, but what if the criminal decides to try the windows, or attempts to break into your home’s WiFi to steal your identity? Worse yet, what if they succeed in entering your space? These are everyday scenarios.

Instead of limiting yourself to one possible entry point, you need to think about complete home security. This involves the need for glass breakage sensors, motion sensors, cameras, alarms, VPNs, baseball bats, and pepper spray. Each has a purpose and function relative to defending your home – your body, mind and soul – from attack.

In my opinion, you need to do whatever you have available to empower and defend yourself. Pertaining to spiritual protection, everyone should have an arsenal of tangible, intellectual and spiritual defense tools.

Recently, when asked if a belief in God, or higher power, is enough to combat dark forces, I responded with my security system analogy. Having learned, and seeing far too much, I have come to realize that it’s better to have as many bells and whistles in the protection arena, as not every negative energy will act and react the same.

One thing is for certain: they (darkness and evil) want to get in, and it’s your job to keep them out. As a psychic medium herself, my grandmother knew the importance of spiritual warfare. Fortunately, teaching me to block and protect myself was at the top of her To-Do list.

So, how do you block?

In order to better understand blocking, one must first practice centering and grounding. These instructions can be found in my prior post. The post provides exercises that must be practiced and mastered in order to begin blocking. Naturally, one may adapt any of this into part of their spiritual warfare routine.

Once you have learned how to center and ground, blocking comes into play. This is something that can be done short, or long-term.

Before I begin, it’s important to understand what a fracture (fractured psyche) entails. A fracture is a weakness, or an entry point for darkness/evil to enter. Fractures occur with frequent intake and abuse of alcohol and/or recreational drugs. A fracture can also occur with sleep deprivation, periods of physical illness, and/or succession of stressful events.

You want to remain as healthy as possible when dealing with such things. Fractured psyches are the keys that open doors for evil energies to access to the body, mind and soul. Without fractures, it is difficult for darkness to feed on the living and carryout their destructive plan.

Basic Rules for Blocking

1. Center & Ground – As outlined in the previous post, this exercise will help you focus and protect.

2. Divine Light – Constantly visualize yourself surrounded by Divine Light, regardless of how crazy things may seem, or may get.

3. Show No Fear – Fear is one of the biggest access points of a spiritual attack. One must enter into these settings or situations knowing evil and negative energies want to create fear. Reaffirm yourself that you are stronger than it is. Try to remain composed at all times.

4. Stay Positive – Do not give-way to fighting, bickering, or the negative behaviors of those around you. This too, is one way in which darkness and evil work. Their goal is to divide and conquer.

5. Refrain from use of alcohol and recreational drugs – Save the party for later. Drinking alcohol and using recreational drugs before, during and immediately after an attack spells trouble. Try not to partake for at least 24-48 hours on each side of the situation.

6. Rest & Recharge – This especially applies to investigations and readings. Try to space investigations so you can obtain decent sleep before and afterwards. Dark forces and energies suck the life out of the living.

7. Natural Light – This is especially important following an attack or investigation. Try to find a way to get outside and absorb natural sunlight, weather-permitting, of course. If it’s too cold, then keep your blinds and curtains open and try to crack a few windows to allow the air to permeate your space. Note: This is critical, even in cases of extreme exhaustion following an attack. As much as you may want to sleep, you need to ‘air-out’ the negativity and recharge.

8. Frequently re-center and re-ground – Simply repeat the exercises and clear your mind.

9. DO NOT DWELL: OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND – This is one of the biggest obstacles I encounter when teaching people how to block. It’s only normal to want to try and analyze a horrifying, tragic event or attack involving spirit, but you must disconnect. Keep in mind: the more you think about it, the more you will feed it.

Prayers

At any point during blocking, and more so when standing in Divine Light, it is super important to silently, or publicly state positive prayers and/or affirmations when you are feeling as though you are under attack.

My most frequently stated prayers are:

Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer
Hail Mary
Psalm 23 (The Lord Is My Shepherd)
Psalm 54 (A Prayer for Protection from Enemies)
Psalm 91 (My Refuge and My Fortress)

Additional Prayers:

To Be Free from Fear (New Saint Joseph People’s Prayer Book)

Lord our God, in You justice and mercy meet. With unparalleled love You have saved us from death and drawn us into the circle of Your life. Open our eyes to the wonders this life sets before us, that we may serve You free from fear and address You as God our Father.

A Prayer to One’s Guardian Angel (New Saint Joseph People’s Prayer Book)

Dear Angel, in His goodness, God gave you to me to guide, protect and enlighten me, and to bring me back to the right way when I go astray. Encourage me when I am disheartened, and instruct me when I err in my judgment. Help me to become more Christlike, and so some day to be accepted into the company of Angels and Saints in Heaven.”

Native American Chippewa Prayer (You may find similar verses)

Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds
And whose breath gives life to all
Hear me
I come to you as one of your children
I am weak
I am small
I am in need of your wisdom, guidance and strength
Let me walk in beauty, and my eyes ever behold the red and purple colorful sunsets
Make my hands respect what you have made
Make my ears sharp so that I may hear your voice
Make me wise, so that I may understand what you have taught our people and the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and in each rock.
I ask for wisdom and strength
Not be superior to my brothers, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy; MYSELF
Make me always ready to come before you with clean hands, a straight eye and good heart
So when life faces away as a fading sunset
My spirit may come to you without shame

Items of Empowerment & Protection

Blocking also includes the use of various items of empowerment and protection. This is a very personal aspect, so feel free to customize your choices. There is no limit as to how many you may use.

The bottom line: These items are to take with you, or have on you. Do not think of them as “good luck charms” but as items that fortify and protect you against attack. Keeping these items together while not in use, is also a good idea.

Items for empowerment and spiritual protection may include:

Charms
Crucifix*
Religious Medals & Jewelry*
Rosary Beads*
Mala Beads*
Crosses*
Stones*
Crystals
Holy Water*
Anointing Oil*

*Denotes items that I use.

Now that you have an overall sense of what needs to take place during spiritual warfare, I will briefly discuss how to deal with the issues on a short, and long-term basis.

Short-term Blocking

Investigations, House Readings, Blessings, or any environment that you do not live, but may visit.

1. Follow The Rules of Blocking.
2. Begin with centering, and then grounding.
3. Surround yourself in Divine Light.
4. Continue onto blocking by stating some prayers or affirmations.
5. Have items of empowerment and protection on your person.
6. Consider performing a sage smudge. This may take place before, or during, but is most imperative following a short-term issue. I have included instructions below. Please note that sage does not get rid of evil spirits. Its smoke only traps negativity and lifts it out of the space, or off of the individual.
7. If at all possible, avoid revisiting the space. If you must return, spend a great deal of time re-centering, re-grounding and recharging.

Long-term Blocking

Long-term blocking gets a bit more complicated considering a person may live or work in a dark space. As detailed in my books, I lived in a home that was a playground for evil. It ended in tragedy.

In this situation, you want to follow the same steps as short-term, yet you will repeat this at least twice daily (in the morning, and before bedtime). Whenever possible, you will also want to periodically smudge and/or bless the environment. You will need to proactively advocate for peace in the space. Workplace environments are tricky, as you may not be allowed to sage or bless the space.

Considerations for House or Space Clearings, House Blessings and investigations by a reputable team, or psychic medium are also a good idea. This may help glean additional information relative to the type of issue you are having, and thus a more direct approach as to how best handle it.

Understandably so, it is extremely difficult to live or work in an environment that has a negative/demonic issue present. One must always, always, always (did I say always?) be on-guard. This can be exhausting.

 It’s very important to leave on breaks, and expose yourself to natural light, play uplifting music, do whatever you can to combat the negativity, and once more: do not dwell on it. You must always stay protected by surrounding yourself in the Divine Light. Also, spend the least amount of time as possible in an environment riddled by darkness and evil.
In cases involving dark and demonic forces, make sure you contact someone who is formally educated on these matters. An online course does little to prove they can truly handle such dangerous issues. Also, run should someone guarantee they can rid you of the nastiness, as there is absolutely no truth to that statement.

Lastly, I will share my sage smudge instructions. Please exercise caution and use good judgment when performing a sage smudge. Fire embers are a constant danger, so proceed at-will and under your own discretion. You assume all risks.

How to Sage Smudge

Smudge For An Individual
*You will need at least one other adult to help perform the smudge

Items:
Sage smudge stick (White Sage or most variations, including Black Sage)
Decent sized shell, bowl, or tray for the embers
Ignition source for the sage stick
Comfortable chair
Receptacle for the ashes

Preparation:
Make sure there is adequate ventilation for the smoke to naturally dissipate outside. Please take into consideration small children, the infirm, and pets who may be overwhelmed by the smoke.

Instructions:
– Light the sage
– Have the person you wish to smudge STAND in front of the chair.
– State what you want to do (smudge the negativity from the individual)
– Have them sit down in the chair with their feet extended out and away from the body, off of the floor. (May modify this if the person cannot safely do so).
– Begin by circling the sage around the individual, starting at the base of the feet. Include the bottom of the feet if possible.
– With the feet and legs extended out, continue moving upwards.
– Have the individual stand upon reaching the hip area.
– Continue spiraling upwards over the entire body, towards the head.
-When you reach the crown of the head, state intention for all negativity to be gone and ask to seal the person with protection, positive energy, and recite the following:

To the Divine Spirit (or Universal Energy of your choice), in lighting this sage we summon nothing but love, harmony, peace, and prosperity for (name of person). May (state name) be blessed with good health, happiness, success and abundance. May (name of person) be a sacred vessel of peace and love. We state that (name of person) is now shielded from harm, illness misfortune, and negativity. Thank you for bringing the Divine Light, love and energy to (state name) and his/her endeavors. With the utmost gratitude, we thank you. In full faith, so be it and so it is as stated!

Note: There are several versions available.

Afterwards, it’s a good idea to do something positive. Do not discuss or dwell on anything negative.

Smudge For A Space

Items:
Sage smudge stick (White Sage or most variations, including Black Sage)
Decent sized shell, bowl, or tray for the embers
Ignition source for the sage stick
Receptacle for the ashes

Preparation:
– Clean and organize the space. Clutter and uncleanliness only breeds negativity.
– Do so on a day where the weather will allow you to open all doors and windows for an extended period of time. In addition to doors and windows, open all drawers prior to the smudge.
– Make sure there is adequate ventilation for the smoke to naturally dissipate outside. Please take into consideration small children, the infirm, and pets who may be overwhelmed with the smoke.

Instructions:
– Light the sage
– Sage each person in the residence. Refer to above instructions. (Please use good judgement for small children, the elderly, infirm, and/or pets)
– You want to start the space smudge the lowest level, working towards the top level, in a clockwise motion from the main/front door.
– Upon completion of the personal sage smudge, proceed to the front or main entry door of the house.
– Sage the door way in a clockwise motion. Move to the lowest level and begin, as directed above.
– Move room-to-room in a clockwise manner.
– When you finish in the last room of the top level, return to the front/main door and state the following:

To the Divine Spirit (or Universal Energy of your choice), in lighting this sage we summon nothing but love, harmony, peace, and into this space. May (state names of residents and pets) be blessed with good health, happiness, success and abundance. May this space be a sacred dwelling for (state names and names of pets). May those who visit feel peace and love. We state that this home/space is now shielded from harm, illness misfortune, and negativity. Thank you for bringing the Divine Light, love and energy into our rooms, or lives and endeavors. With the utmost gratitude, we thank you. In full faith, so be it and so it is as stated!

Note: Again, there are several versions.

I always recommend that a positive gathering or celebratory meal/activity take place afterwards. This will help foster positive vibrations. Fill the space with flowers, plants, natural elements, uplifting scents and sounds.

In close, blocking relies on the fundamental practice of centering, grounding and staying in the Divine Light. The rules are non-negotiable and really need be adhered to for successful protection. Adding a prayer or a mantra (sometimes repeated), as well as carrying items of protection are also an integral part of spiritual protection. The added benefit of performing an individual or space smudge will also help bolster your defenses.

When push comes to shove, sometimes it is wise to take a step back and heal. Attacks can be debilitating and dangerous, causing serious physical, mental, emotional and spiritual problems.

Never underestimate darkness, but always know you are stronger than it will ever be. Just be wise, and . . . practice, practice, practice.

Centering & Grounding

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Ever since I was a young child, my maternal grandmother took care to guide and mentor me with my psychic abilities. Included in my abilities is the gift of mediumship.

My grandmother had a very simple means of teaching me. To dummy it down, she would have me be still and straight (sit and center) be still and stand, and root like a tree (ground) in God’s Light. Fortunately, her instructions afforded many breaks for me to work out any typical small child wiggles and short attention span issues.

Showing no fear and standing in God’s Light (Divine Light) were probably her most important lessons. Prayers and other affirmations came in time, and with age.

After a guest appearance on Beyond Reality Radio with Ghost Hunter’s Jason Hawes and T.A.P.S. Magazine, JV Johnson (2/15/17), as well as my Facebook LIVE feed (2/17/17) I felt best to summarize and list the steps that I have learned. Certainly, there are many different ways that one can center and ground themselves, but this is what has worked for me.

The following steps are meant to provide an outline. Feel free to modify them, or experiment with other guidance you have been given.

In order to effectively ‘block’ (or, as some say ‘shield’) negative human (living) and dark spirit energy, it is important to first learn how to center and ground. As always, please consult your healthcare provider(s) before beginning any type of stretching, or breathing routines, both of which are incorporated in centering and grounding. Never do anything that will cause pain or discomfort. Simply, do your best.

Centering

Centering is a process that helps facilitate grounding, and eventually assists with blocking. As a young child, my grandmother would have me practice the following until it became second nature.

In order to center, one must envision a straight line running from crown of the head (top of the head), straight down thru the spine, rectum and into the ground. As a child, my grandmother would have me sit next to the wall with my hips, buttocks, back, shoulders and head against it; as flat and straight as possible.

I would practice my alignment (center) and then take a break. I recall quite a bit of squirming and displeasure in the attempts to adjust myself. It was all about straightening the invisible string. The purpose of this simple exercise was to feel, or sense, how the alignment felt in my body, from head, to toe.

NOTE: Aligning the body comes with light-to-moderate manipulation. For those that are unable to physically straighten; do so using visualization.

Centering via visualization works much in the same way as physically centering. Visualization often transpires during all phases, so embrace what you can do safely and comfortably without causing pain, discomfort or injury to your body. Should you be unable to stand, one may achieve ‘center’ by sitting in a chair or safe, comfortable place, optimally supporting your body in an upright position.

Regardless of method, it is best to allow your feet to be planted firmly on the floor. If you cannot place your feet on the floor, then use imagery to do so. After achieving alignment, one can continue with visualization for grounding, as explained below.

Grounding

The second part of my grandmother’s exercise involved standing. After a few sessions of sitting and straightening the ‘string’ she would have me stand in the same fashion, paying attention to the alignment of the string.

She then told me to root like a tree which was a way to envision my legs and feet as having deep ties well into the earth. As I progressed with my abilities, this aspect alone intrigued me due to the fact that her words almost helped to facilitate a very strong connection I have to receiving premonitions of natural disasters, inclusive of earthquakes (please refer to my Dream Diary post).

To her, it was important that I could feel the roots dig deeply into the soil while centering and in turn, grounding. Standing straight and tall, she also encouraged me to relax my arms and hands in order to allow the roots to extend from my fingertips, downwards into the soil.

The exercises were honed and repeated during each of my visits. The older I grew, the longer she would have me center and ground. To simplify things and keep the exercises pertinent to adults, I will jump to the importance of breath during grounding.

Basic Breathing Technique

Breathing is an important part of the grounding phase. Below, you will find easy steps to help your body root and relax. As always; do so safely and always seek medical advice before performing anything that could adversely impact your health.

  1. Focus on breathing.
  2. Take slow, deep breaths in thru your nose
  3. Slowly exhale out of your mouth
  4. Continue to visualize your center string as straight
  5. Continue to visualize your feet and hands extending roots deep into the Earth
  6. Relax and repeat 5-6 times.

Release & Redirect

The goal of centering and grounding is to stabilize your body physically, mentally and emotionally. Once rooted, it is important to work on the mental, spiritual and emotional aspects. My grandmother taught me one way, but as my techniques have evolved, I have been told of a second method that also works.

Centering and grounding are excellent ways to combat anxiety and stress. These methods are used by many (myself included) prior to meditation. The release and redirect phase works hand-in-hand with these exercises to help rid the body, mind and soul of negativity.

One should begin this step by choosing one of the following methods. You can experiment, or incorporate another method and try that, too. There are many to choose from, but I do believe these are among the best.

Regardless of which option, the point is to encapsulate all fears, stressors, anxiety and negativity into a hot air balloon or hardball, and send it away from your physical self. This phase typically occurs during, or following grounding.

Visualization Option 1: Hot Air Balloon

While centered and grounded, visualize a hot air balloon in your hands. A helium balloon will work as well. Once you ‘see’ the balloon, you must place every negative thought or feeling into it. To release the balloon, refer to this breathing technique:

Inhale and think, “I . . . must ”
Exhale and think, “let . . . go.”

During this time, it is important to visualize your hot air balloon filled with all of the negativity, floating up and way from your body. Repeat this several times until your mind is clear and your body is relaxed. Allow yourself to completely disconnect from the hot air balloon and the negativity. Watch it leave.

Visualization Option 2: Hardball

I had been advised of this method quite a while ago and will state that it works, especially during times of more physical stress.

Instead of placing all negativity into a hot air balloon, pack them into a hardball. Do so by visualizing you are tightly packing those sentiments, events, etc., into the ball. Upon getting ready to ‘throw’ the hardball, refer to the breathing technique.

Inhale and think, “I . . . must . . .”
Exhale and think, “let. . . go.”

You want to throw the ball as far away from your body as possible. Again, you may interchange the options, and see what works best. Repeat this several times until your mind is clear and your body is relaxed.

Divine Light

The final step to grounding and centering is to replace the negative energy that you have redirected away from you, with positive energy and light. Given my grandmother always used the term God’s Light for this portion of the exercise, I have adapted it to be more inclusive for everyone. In place of God’s Light, the term, Divine Light is now used.

Visualize your entire being basking in a pure, positive, protective, white light. Do NOT refer to this as a bubble, as my grandmother always corrected me when I mentioned the word. On an aside, an interesting thought to this has to do with the fact that in theory, bubbles can pop, or, burst. You do not want your protective bubble to burst.

The Divine Light should surround you in every direction and pass down, under your roots, and circle back around to completely encase you. This is a protective aspect that needs to be achieved for blocking, which will be discussed in my next post.

As you are visualizing yourself centered, grounded and surrounded by Divine Light, refer to the basic breathing technique. This is where you will fill your body, mind and soul with positive thoughts. Please note the following affirmation was taught to me by my grandmother.

On the inhale, quietly state:

I am whole
I am strong
I have no fear
I am protected by the Divine Light (or, God’s Light), that will keep me from all harm.

Repeat this affirmation until you feel completely relaxed, or significantly de-stressed. Try to remain in this state for several minutes. You may restart the exercise, or repeat the steps as many times as it takes to quiet yourself.

As mentioned, centering and grounding exercises are an excellent way to combat anxiety, stress, negative situations and people. Additionally, one must master these in order to efficiently block.

Practice these methods and become comfortable with them. The more you do, the more fluid things will work when it comes time to block. They are also great tools for alleviating stress and general negativity.

It’s all about repetition. For more information about applying these practices to blocking, please refer to the next post.