Wednesday, October 2, 2013


The first that I ever heard of the concept that thought creates came from the book Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz, which came into my life 43 ½ years ago.  Over the ensuing decades I have studied and taught this concept by various names – prosperity thinking, positive thinking, creative visualization, manifesting, law of attraction – and with various methodologies for support – affirmations, goal setting, creating dream boards, etc.  The general public has moved from As A Man Thinketh to The Secret.  Regardless of what it is called, or how it is practiced, the basis is the same… THOUGHT = CREATION/MANIFESTION.


BUT HERE’S THE KICKER:  EVERY thought creates!


Too many times over the years I have heard variations of:


            “I said my affirmations for 20 minutes,”

            “I worked on my goals/dream board for 30 minutes,”

            “I read 2 chapters in my positive thinking book,” BUT

            “I still am not getting what I want”, or, “S*%#% still happens.”


To which I reply, “Well, DUH…..what are you doing the other 23 hours 30 minutes of the day?”


There seems to be some “hope/thought” that only the things one thinks during the 30 minutes of dedicated “work” will manifest and every other thought has no ramifications.  NOT TRUE!


THE “X-FACTOR”:  Emotion is the rocket fuel for thought.  Every time you add emotion to the equation you multiply the potentiality for manifestation.  The more intense the emotion, the greater the multiplying factor.


One of the most important steps in mastering this process is learning the value of “Neutral”.  I have used several metaphors to try to help people understand this process, i.e.,    “Consider the thoughts that pass through you mind as you would visitors to your door.  Some you invite in with open arms, and some you do not let pass the door.” – You don’t become angry at the ones you do not let in, you simply say “no thanks” and let them be on their way.


During these times of heightened energies and manifestation, it is my personal belief that there is NOTHING more important that being mindful of what thoughts you embrace and energize and what you are in truth creating.  But sometimes it is just near to impossible to jump from negative thoughts to positive thoughts.  This is where Neutral becomes a higher value.  To this end, I have adopted what I call the Spiritual Hippocratic Oath:




Remembering that ALL thoughts create!  Make it a priority to see that you do not entertain or energize anything that you do not want to manifest in your life.  If you find yourself embroiled in negative thinking of any kind, seek to neutralize those thoughts.  That means to take away all the energy on said thoughts.  Remove all emotions and do not allow yourself to wallow in those thoughts.  Just be neutral.  In effect, create nothing…in as much as possible.


Please, please imprint this upon your brain…


Wednesday, August 7, 2013


A very dear friend just made his transition from physical to non-physical, which is the impetus for this writing.  I want to share with you something that has been going on for me for some time.  This may be a little lengthy, but please hang in there with me.


A little back ground – I have two friends…one female (let’s call her “Missy”) and one male (let’s call him “Mister”).  Each is ½ of a couple that are near and dear to Don and me.  I’ve known each for well over 2 decades and am quite familiar with not only their spiritual beliefs but their spiritual practices.  In fact, I have channeled for both on many occasions.


It is “Mister” who has just transitioned.  He was one of the kindest and most gentle souls I have ever met.  A dedicated metaphysical student, he read incessantly, listened to tapes, attended seminars, studied A Course In Miracles and meditated hours at a time.  More than that, he really altered his thinking and general outlook on life and he was a blessing to everyone he met.  He bravely and good-spiritedly battled Hodgkins for the last several years.  I know for a fact that he believed in the unseen, in the power of thought and in the Galactic Federation.  I also know for a fact his intention was firmly set and never wavered in his desire to be here for Disclosure and the New Awakening.  And yet, he is no longer with us in the physical.


“Missy” was raised a Christian Scientist and has always been an ardent metaphysical student.  She and her husband have created wellness centers and have served the health conscious community for years.  A few years ago “Missy” suffered an accident which has left her in unbelievable pain.  Misdiagnosed for a long time, the general consensus now seems to be she has some kind of brain injury.  She is in constant pain – it hurts to lie down, to sit, to stand, to open her eyes.  “Missy” has access to every kind of healer in the metaphysical community and she has utilized everyone she can.  She has used traditional medicine, Chinese medicine, Christian Science healers and even spent weeks in a Christian Science clinic.  She knows more about metaphysics than just about anybody I know and she is diligent in her application of her beliefs.  And yet, she still suffers in pain.


To say that I have spent literally thousands of hours meditating about, praying for and praying about these two friends would still be an understatement.  Although I am well aware that these are their journeys, those said journeys have at times caused me to truly question my beliefs and my faith.  I have asked for answers, lessons, guidance, words for comfort for them…..ANYTHING.  One of the reasons I have not written about this sooner is that I keep hoping that I will have some clarity all of a sudden.  That I will understand.  That I can help.  After all these years of contemplation and meditation on the subject, I still keep coming up with the same very unsatisfying answer…….which is…..


It must simply be a matter of Karma.  Nothing else, NOTHING ELSE makes any sense.  Tied to that is the lesson about judgment.  I am forever being told “you don’t have the perspective to judge”.  What I’ve come to know about that statement is this:  Unless you know EVERY thing that has EVER transpired in that soul’s journey, including the effects of ALL of its journey on every other soul, and unless you know EVERY thing that will EVER happen to that soul in its on-going, including the effects it will have on ALL other souls it will ever encounter, then you do not have the perspective from which to judge.  And, as it has been revealed to me, only God and Holy Spirit have that perspective.  Hence, “you just don’t know enough to have an opinion or judgment”. 


As “Mister” was coming into his final days, I also realized that it was quite possible that what I viewed as his “suffering” and the “unfairness” of the situation might well be the very last thing that he needed for soul ascension.  (I feel pretty safe in saying that I don’t think Mafu would have chosen to be a leper, Ramtha to spend 7 years in pain on a rock, or Jesus that whole cross bit if they could have had a conscious choice.)  What I had to settle for was that I do not at the present time have the perspective to “know” or understand why “bad things happen to good people”.  And I want you to know, it is a personal struggle to be “satisfied” with that.  My ego wants an answer to “why”.  My heart wants to give comfort.  My True Self wants to live in the knowledge that there is nothing “wrong”, and that one day I may have “eyes to see”.  Until that time, all I can do is offer my unbounded love to “Mister” and his dear wife and to “Missy” and her dear husband.


And, my love is given freely to all of you -- JOAN

Monday, July 15, 2013


(This is being written in response to questions and remarks initiated by the posting of “Convergence of Thoughts.”


There seems to be some confusion regarding “do your best” and “perfection”.  So let’s discuss that a little bit.


I certainly did not mean to imply that one should set out to be the world’s best/perfect anything – Olympic champ, entrepreneur, corporate giant, mother/father, or anything else.  I did mean that one should endeavor to do “your” best at all times.  It can often be that the person who came in 10th place and did their best was more successful than the person who came in 3rd and slacked off.  This is NOT about being “perfect” or #1 in all things.  It IS about being present and conscious in whatever you do and not doing anything by half-measures.


Although it is important to do one’s best at whatever activity one is engaged in, the truer interpretation of the previous writing is this – You at Your Best is an aspect of the Creator, and it is THOSE aspects that have no quarter-sanction.  There are no degrees of love, peace, joy, kindness, allowing.  (One either IS or is NOT.)  THOSE are the areas wherein it is important to be YOU at YOUR BEST – the best defined here at the Spiritual Being that you are.


I know the bar is high, but then, who wants to aim low?


Love you all -- JOAN

Sunday, July 14, 2013


This morning I had an epiphany as a result of the confluence of three things:

1)     Contemplation about a documentary called “Kumare”

2)     The phrase:  “Do You”

3)     And, the 4th Agreement, “Always Do Your Best”


KUMARE:  I few days ago I received the following email from Jo Baner:

“Art and I watched a movie last night called "Kumare". It's a documentary of a guy that was trying to prove that anyone can be a guru just by faking it....or something like that.

Anyway, this is the best example of what "living your Avatar" is all about. I was amazed. Even the guy who did this found that the outcome was not what he expected. All through the film I was thinking....."he's living his purpose and he doesn't even realize it yet!"


And so, I streamed the documentary on Netflix and was profoundly affected.  In fact, I just let myself float for days asking to be shown everything there was to know about this.  Last night I watched it for the second time, and again, the light bulbs kept flashing all night.


I may write more about this in the future, but I wanted you to know about the documentary as it was the playing field for everything that followed.  At this point, I think I could do a weekend seminar on all that has been revealed for me.

And yes, it is an excellent example of living one’s Spiritual model.


DO YOU:  For years I have been asked some form of “What do I do?”  It may have been phrased as wanting to know what kind of meditation, asana, diet, exercise, spiritual practice or just “What is my mission/purpose in life?”  If I tried to respond with “It isn’t what you do, but how you do it,” or “Just Be” I was most often greeted with blank stares.


In the past few years the phrase “Do You” has become popular.  But, you see, the trick is which “You” do you “Do”?  Is it the one that was molded by your parents, environment and limited thought?  Or is it the one that is your true spiritual self?

ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST:  For years I have thought I understood and applied this, the Fourth Agreement (Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz).  And I have taught this in many informs, including an understanding that some days your best is better than others.  But then this morning, this phrase turned in to….




And here is where the confluence of thought happened.


It occurred to me that I have never heard Spirit say, “Forgive me, but I’m having a bad/off day today and I’m just not at my best.” Or, “Sorry, I’m doing my best, but I’m just not up to par, I’ll do better next time.”


Again, the trick is YOU(R) BEST.  And what else could that be but your Spiritual Self applied at ALL times in ALL things that you DO with no excuses or expectations of a “day off” from being that BEING that is the truth of who you are.



1)     Have I, in any way, lowered my expectations of what my Spiritual Avatar would be like?  Have I, in any way, given myself some “excuses” for “only being human”?

2)    What thought patterns do I allow in my mind that I would not expect to hear from the Mind of God?

3)    And finally, here is the kicker:

I realized it is time to draw a line in the Universal sand.  On one side stands the Spiritual Aspirant – one who studies and practices Spiritual expression, and on the other side stands the Spiritual Being – one who IS Spiritual expression.  And the time, it appears, has now come to decide on which side shall I stand.


And so I pose the same question to you.


Thursday, June 20, 2013


It’s time to take a look at self-limiting definitions.  What are they?  They are the “stories” we have accepted and tell ourselves that shape our view of who we think we are.  They are the lenses through which we view our life experiences and which limit our thinking and perspective.  Self-limiting definitions are the boxes around our potentiality and possibility. In truth, they are our pre-judgment/prejudices of our lives. 


Here are some of the “greatest hits” that I have heard over and over throughout the past few years.


·         I am an adult child of an alcoholic/drug addict.

·        I grew up in an abusive home.

·        My mother/father was a tyrant.

·        My family is predisposed to alcoholism, diabetes, cancer, obesity, etc.

·        Nothing I ever did was good enough for my Mother/Father.

·        Nothing I ever do is good enough for my wife/husband.

·        I had to fight for everything I had when I was growing up.

·        I grew up in a poor family.

·        I had a single parent and he/she was never around.

·        I was bullied/abused/beaten as a child.

·        My parents were strict Catholics/Jews/Lutherans/Democrats/Republicans and I was raised that way.

·        I was never allowed to do what I wanted to do; I always had to do what my mother/father/wife/husband wanted me to do.


And here is the “kicker”, this also applies to past-life and metaphysical stories as well.


·        I was burned as a witch.

·        I was raped/killed/beaten

·        I was a Queen/King or peasant/slave

·        I am a Pleidian/Syrian

·        I am a Starseed

·        I am a walk-in

Now, here’s the thing.  BOTH this life’s story and past lives’ stories are the same.  They are ALL in the past, and have NOTHING to do with NOW.


BUT, you say, “I really did grow up with……have….”  That may indeed be the circumstances as you know them to be, but again, that was then and now is now, everything that is of the past that you allow color your “now” is by function a self-limiting definition.


Over 20 years ago I channeled a teaching which my husband called “The Last Lesson” (one of the founding principles of the Avatar Program).  The summary statement for that lesson is:  Live your life empowered by YOUR choices and conscious intent, at absolutely NO effect of outside influences.  And that, dear ones, most assuredly includes self-limiting definitions of who you think you are.


The opportunity before you is to 1) identify any and all self-limiting definitions that you have, 2) examine how they affect all of your thoughts and actions about absolutely everything in your life, 3) try to imagine what your life would be like if you released these self-limiting definitions, and then 4) live in such a way that you are no longer at effect of these limitations.


I will “warn” you that this is one of the most “difficult” exercises I have asked you to tackle.  Why?  Because these self-limiting definitions are very intricately tied to the picture of who we think we are.  In short, we simply never ever think of ourselves without their influence upon our lives.  To try to imagine letting them go often engenders fear – fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of loss of identity.  Please realize that all these fears are self-limiting definitions in and of themselves.


Why would I want you to take on such an exercise?  Because it is the key to the doorway of all you can be – your unlimited potentiality of the truth of who you are – and truly unlimited being.  Freedom will be the kingdom in which you live.  And the benefits of living in the kingdom of Freedom are unlimited love, peace and joy.  I could not wish more for you than that.


Please remember – I am always here if you need assistance or clarity, and I hold you in my heart at all time.                           With great love -- JOAN

Sunday, May 26, 2013


Judging by some of the responses that I’ve received from the Blessings writing, i.e. “I’ll do that next time I go to the store” or “I might even try that in a restaurant”, it would appear that I did not make the point very clear.  The instructions were to apply the blessing to any and all things.  For example;


1)     You turn on your computer to write an email.  Think of all the hands that made that happen – the designer of the computer, manufacturer, transportation, salesperson, and all that went into the software.  Then realize the same depth with the internet.  And by the way, what about those responsible for your house, the electricity, the desk, your chair?

2)    Consider the lowly toothpick.  How many hands were involved in getting that toothpick from the forest to you?


I can hear you say, “But Joan, I’m just too busy to do this.”  My answer:  yes and no.  Of course you are too busy during the day to do the arduous exercise of considering and naming every single possibility of everything you touch, see and do.  BUT you do have 1-2 minutes to contemplate just 1 thing.  (Don used his beloved Trader Joe’s chocolate.)


If you let yourself embrace the exercise – truly get into it, you will be astonished at the number of people that it takes to bring one little piece of your life into being. Once you let yourself have this in-depth experience, from that point on all you have to do is look at something and let the kaleidoscoping effect of your mind just stretch out so that you can embrace and uplift all that have brought whatever you are contemplating into your life.


It becomes apparent that hundreds of thousands of people are necessary for you to experience your day-to-day life.  Without them, your life would be infinitely different.  And, what about all those who support them so that they can do what they do?


The first time I truly did this exercise I was literally brought to my knees.  It was one of the most profound, enlightening and humbling experiences of my life.  I wept.  I understood the introduction motif of the TV series “Touch”.  I saw not only the interdependence by the absolute intertwining of all lives.  I also saw that by asking for the elevation of consciousness of all those involved there would be a profound effect upon the collective.


Then, I was instructed to “reverse” the process and look at how if I did not turn on the computer, use the toothpick, eat the chocolate, none of those people would need to exist.  And I understood my part in the matrix.


I then heard, “now you can understand the truth behind ‘we the people’ not ‘we a bunch of folks’ or ‘mankind’ not ‘menkind’ for indeed you are one”. 


My dear friends, in my 30 years of service (in various forms) to what I now call the Sacred Stream of Consciousness, I have been given many exercises, meditations and celebrations.  I can honestly say that I cannot recall any that have affected me as much as this one has.  I truly believe that anyone who embraces this exercise will never be the same again.  I know that I will not – and Don says he won’t either.


In one of Richard Bach’s books (Don and I dispute which one), he ends with “There is only one of us here, and it is you.” I think this blessing and prayer for assistance in raising the consciousness of all involved  finally makes this clear.


With very deep gratitude for your presence in my life - JOAN

Saturday, May 25, 2013


I usually bless my food/meal and give thanks for it.  However, at the end of what would have been my “usual” blessing, this came through:  Bless those who raised this food, transported it, marketed it and prepared it and may the souls of all the hands who have touched this food be assisted in raising their consciousness to the highest level allowed by Universal Law.


Stunned, I asked, “What the heck was that all about?”  And, the answer is:


            You are used to “praying” for individuals and identified groups, such as those in Darfur or victims of tragedies.  It is time you realized your connectedness and interdependence upon all those who impact your life that you do not know and do not acknowledge.  Begin blessing and praying for every individual that impacts your life.  For example, whenever you go into a store, bless everyone who works there and supplies the store and ask for assistance in their awakening process.  Do this everywhere you go and with everything you do.

            This will accomplish 3 things:

1)     You will find yourself in constant prayer.

2)    You will become increasingly aware of how every individual in the world affects your life and they will become precious to you.

3)    It will help with the raising of the collective consciousness, which will help to accelerate the many things you wish to see manifest.


If you will allow yourself to ponder the implications of this I think you will see how amazingly profound this simple little thing can be.


With Great Love -- JOAN