Sunday, May 8, 2011

Nature as Elixir of Peace

(This article was first published in March 2007 Metta Center email newsletter.)

Nature has always inspired the feelings of peace and joy in me. However, I haven't always understood the value of spending time in it and accessing the magic it offers.

There were times where beautiful days, rain or shine, were presented to me and I didn't even notice because my focus was elsewhere (to past, present and future problems). That was my old habit.

One day, it dawned on me that I have this programming to fix all of my problems before I allow myself to be at peace. I realized that this programming had been in place because it was useful at some level. It had kept me from being too lackadaisical and complacent, and from running away from my issues and not dealing with them. So, it served me a great and holy purpose. Since this programming no longer served me, I decided to clear it by first thanking it for its loyal service and send it to the Light for release. Next, I claim my new programming by affirming my right to be at peace, in all ways, and to feel peaceful even in the midst of problems.

I read a quote from Theodore Rubin which says: "The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem." I thought he was right on!

I remembered how much better I always felt after I had been outdoors and engaged with nature. I decided to make that my practice and it has turned out to be a profoundly powerful and beneficial elixir for me to be in touch with peace.

Connecting with nature is a cornerstone practice for my day now. I make it a practice to commune with some part of nature that is accessible to me, at least 2-3 times a day for 5-10 minutes each. Where I live, the wind, sun, sky, hills, grass and trees all speak to me of love and peace. My garden offers a wonderful collection of colors and scents which delight my senses. Whenever I feel stressed, taking the time to connect with nature, even if it's just for 3-5 minutes, does wonders for me.

Nature has been a graceful and supportive teacher to me. It gently reminds me to direct my focus to what is important to me: Peace.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Miracles of Spring

What a beautiful day it is today! The sky is blue, the blades of grass dancing in the gentle wind, the sun light bouncing off the leaves creating such an ethereal scene in front of me. The birds are singing happily. The rain had nourished the Earth with its liquid joy and blessings of growth.

I think flowers are Heaven's messengers on earth reminding us of the delights in life. Just looking at them, I feel all tickled inside, happy and light.

Spring is so filled with life renewed and remembered. It is a celebration of Life itself. Ah, life is so beautifully, intensely, gloriously, and magnificently alive! What a delicious feeling that is!

Wishing you blessed and light-filled days in your world!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

EFT Script: Releasing the Limiting Belief " I Have to Struggle or Fail Financially."

(This EFT script assumes that you already have a working knowledge of EFT. If you are not familiar with EFT, you can find a brief introduction to this powerful self-healing technique in my "EFT Tapping Points" webpage. For information regarding EFT trainings, you can visit http://www.eftuniverse.com, www.aamet.org, or www.energypsych.org)

Here's an EFT script to help you release the pattern of struggling financially, or have challenges on getting your finances on a healthy track.

Say this statement to yourself, "I have to struggle or fail financially." Check how true it feels in your gut (not how logical it is). Give this "truth-meter" a measurement: 0 = not true at all, 10 =  most true. Make a note of it.

Take a deep breath, and let's do some tapping. Ready?

Tap on your Karate Chop, or rub on your Sore Spot, while saying the following setup phrases (the words are suggestion only, please feel free to change them to whatever words that fit you better):


"Even though I have this subconscious belief to struggle or fail financially, I don't know what it could be yet and I would like to bring healing to it."

"Even though I have this belief to struggle or fail financially, it makes no sense but here it is, I deeply and profoundly accept myself without judgment. I wonder what could be the positive benefit of having this belief?"


"Even though I have this belief, maybe I concluded it's best to struggle or fail financially when I was a kid, or maybe I learned it from people around me, or maybe I thought that is just my lot in life, I accept myself right now and I am open to changing this belief to something that serves me better in my life."



Tap on the indicated EFT points and say the reminder phrases, as suggested below, either aloud or in your mind. You can change the reminder phrases to whatever words that fit you better.

Beginning of the EyeBrow: "This subconscious belief to struggle or fail financially."
Side of Eye: "Don't know why I would have it but I believe I do."
Under the Eye: "This powerful belief."
Under the nose: "Don't know what it could be about."
Chin: "Would be nice to figure out what it's about."
Collarbone: "I wonder what the purpose of this belief is."
Under the Arm: "This subconscious belief is trying to do something good for me but I don't know what."
Top of the head: "I am open to understanding its purpose in my life and maybe I can find a more positive belief that serves the same purpose or better."

Continue tapping on the top of your head for a few more moments or until you have some information about the purpose of the limiting belief. The information may come to you as a flash of insight, a memory, a word, an image, a scent, a sensation in your body, a sound, a taste, or an emotion. In whatever form the information comes, accept it graciously and appreciatively. If no information come to you, that's alright.

Next, continue tapping:
Beginning of the EyeBrow: "This subconscious belief to struggle or fail financially."
Side of Eye: "What would be the downside if I let it go?"
Under the Eye: "This powerful belief."
Under the nose: "What would happen if I let it go?"
Chin: "Would be nice to figure out what it's about."
Collarbone: "I wonder if I can feel safe without this subconscious belief anymore."
Under the Arm: "I wonder if I can BE safe without this subconscious belief anymore."
Top of the head: "I wonder what will change in my life without this subconscious belief? What if everything change? Am I ready for that?"

Positive rounds:

Beginning of the EyeBrow: "This subconscious belief to struggle or fail financially."
Side of Eye: "I was afraid to let it go."
Under the Eye: "But I think I am ready to do so now."
Under the nose: "What would happen if I let it go?"
Chin: "I think it would be safe for me to let go of it now."
Collarbone: "I think it is safe for me to let go of it now."
Under the Arm: "I would like to free myself from an old programming and update my system to serve my life and my family better."
Top of the head: "I would like to trust that I am safe even if I let go of this old subconscious belief."

Beginning of the EyeBrow: "This subconscious belief to struggle or fail financially."
Side of Eye: "I have been afraid to let it go before."
Under the Eye: "I appreciate my willingness and readiness to do so now."
Under the nose: "I appreciate my courage to let go of this old belief."
Chin: "I think it would be safe for me to let go of it now."
Collarbone: "I think it is safe for me to let go of it now."
Under the Arm: "I would like to free myself from an old programming and update my system to serve my life and my family better."
Top of the head: "I choose to let go of this old subconscious belief now. I choose to believe that is safe for me now to thrive financially easily and joyfully, and (...... fill in the blanks with whatever information that might have come up earlier as far as the purpose of the old subconscious belief.)"

Take a deep breath. Or several deep breaths.

What do you notice that is different within you? What memories, emotions or new thoughts popped into your mind while tapping?

Again, say this statement to yourself, "I have to struggle or fail financially." How true does the statement still feel to you? Has the truth-meter measurement changed compare to the measurement before you began tapping?

Sometimes beliefs are copied from others and sometimes they are constructed based on our past experiences. Our memories often give us a clue of how a particular belief was started.

If memories came up for you during the tapping above, your mind could be presenting you with a request to heal the memories especially if the memories have emotional intensity in them. With EFT, we can neutralize the emotional intensity in memories, and thus, begin to shift the beliefs connected with the memories.

You can enlist the assistance of a qualified EFT practitioner to help you neutralize the memories, or if you feel comfortable enough to do it yourself, you can use the Tearless Trauma Technique (developed by Gary Craig) to gently release the emotional intensity from the memories.

Do remember to take full responsibilities for your decision when you choose to tap on yourself. This means, don't go where you don't belong, stop tapping and seek professional help if you feel the intensity is too much for you to handle on your own, and please be gentle with yourself.


This EFT script is provided by Christine Metawati as a good faith effort to expand the use of EFT in the world. It represents her ideas and do not necessarily represent those of Gary Craig or EFT. EFT has yielded remarkable results for many people, but they may not yield the same benefits for everyone. They are definitely NOT meant to replace appropriate medical treatment or mental health therapy. No guarantee of results is either stated or implied. If you use the EFT script provided above, you are advised to take complete responsibility for your emotional and physical well-being. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of EFT, TAT or any other healing modalities.

Hope Springs Eternal

In one of my recent meditations, I was reminded by Spirit that we bring the energy of hope and love onto the planet, by allowing ourselves to be happy and appreciative of our lives.

Like the rain that comes in spring time, inviting seeds to grow into seedlings, our feelings of happiness and appreciation nurture the energetic seedlings of hope and wholeness for the collective consciousness.

When I asked how we can best support those who are affected by the latest current events (Japan, Middle East, etc.) Spirit answered, "Appreciate them."

 How can our feelings of happiness and appreciation help anyone, or make any significant contribution, especially to people who live far away?

At the energetic level, when we allow ourselves to be happy and feel appreciative, we feel amazing! And this beautiful, radiant energy invites everyone across the globe to rise up to that vibration as well. This life-giving energy helps others on the planet permit themselves to hope and love despite the challenges they are facing. This delicious and powerful influence also contributes to those people with whom you interact directly. They will benefit immensely from the clarity, wisdom, generosity and joy that you radiate from your place of contentment and appreciation.

Like the joyous and magical notes of birdsong, your celebration and appreciation of life anchors more unconditional-love into the planet, literally bringing heaven to earth.

So, go ahead, find ways to uplift yourself. Let your heart sing. If that's your job on earth, isn't that a wonderful job to have?