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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Miracles, Energy and a Stroke Of Insight...


Yesterday I read a story in the newspaper which started a process of thought which ended up consuming my entire day and into the night...


It was about the Ava Maria Grotto, or "Jerusalem in Miniature" in Cullman, Alabama, which is an artistic refuge built on a hillside at a Benedictine monastery called St. Bernard Abby. The grotto is a collection of over 125 miniature replicas of historic religious buildings and shrines, created over a period of 70 years by Brother Joseph Zoetl.  


During the April tornadoes, one of the monks was horrified to see the approaching tornado headed directly for the Abby. Sounding the alarm, they all ran to the basement as the tornado roared above them.  When the storm subsided, they emerged from the basement to find nothing had been destroyed!


The tornado ripped through this religious town, blasting and shattering homes, churches and businesses.  Miraculously, the Abby, the Grotto and the Catholic church nearby were untouched.  People who came to offer help, were amazed it was still standing. It has been and continues to be a peaceful place of great spiritual renewal, relaxation and prayer.  Click on the video and link below to see for yourself...




1600 St. Bernard Drive SE
Cullman, AL 35055
256- 734-4110
Open 9am to 6pm daily

It made me think of energy.  The kind of energy Oprah talked about on her last show.  How we all have it.  Every person, every rock, every tree and every flower. How we are each responsible for our happiness and our lives. How we are responsible for the energy we bring to the people around us...


Could the creative energy of Brother Zoetl, sharing his energy through his work, surrounded by a place of collective contemplative energy for good and selfishness...possibly generate enough energy to redirect a tornado?  I wonder...


According to David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., in his book POWER VS FORCE, he tests and measures the energy fields in the various levels of consciousness... I bought this book in 2004 after listening to a program by Dr. Wayne Dyer on The Power of Intention.  I have been attempting to read, understand and implement Dr. Hawkins theories in my life for the past seven years.


He has calibrated the levels of consciousness with explanations and examples on each level. The levels from lowest to highest are:  Shame 20, Guilt 30, Apathy 50, Grief 75,  Fear 100, Desire 125, Anger 150, Pride 175,  Courage 200, Neutrality 250, Willingness 310, Acceptance 350, Reason 400, Love 500, Joy 540, Peace 600 and Enlightenment 700-1,000.


Not all levels are achieved one then another, more often we go up and down the ladder so to speak, gaining insight, knowledge, and learning lessons. As we grow and learn we gravitate more toward the higher levels of consciousness and lead more meaningful lives.


Which brings us back to why I was thinking of  Oprah.  She gets it.. on many of these levels.  If you did not see her show, she spoke of the one common thread which runs through each one of us.  We want to know (like in the movie Avatar) Do you see me?  Do you hear me?  Does what I say, mean anything to you?  We want to know we matter.  We want to know we are enough...We want to be validated.


She spoke of shame and how it destroys lives...if we allow it.  We each have the power to change our lives. She is a prime example, coming from poverty and the shame of sexual abuse, to the higher levels of consciousness. Those who are in pain and suffering through these lower levels have one thing in common... unworthiness.  "We block our blessings because we don't feel inherently good enough, worthy enough, smart enough, or pretty enough".


Oprah showed a clip of an episode about Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, and as a 37 year old brain scientist, alone in her apartment, had a sudden stroke on the left side of her brain. She could not speak or remember her mother. Dr. Taylor had only the use of the right side of the brain, which  feels energy and perception, to assist her in getting help for herself. I remember seeing that particular show in 2008 and was mesmerized by her story...


Dr. Taylor gave Oprah a quote, which Oprah keeps in her dressing room, but practices daily in her home and business.  It reads:


"Please take responsibility
for the energy
you bring into this space."

Think about that for a second...

Wanting to explore this deeper, I Googled Dr. Taylor on the Internet.  I found this video which is one of the best explanations I have ever seen or read, between the difference of the right and left sides of the brain.  She tells her story of "experiencing her stroke from the inside out."...which became the title of her book, MY STROKE OF INSIGHT...watch this and you will see why...


It is 20 minutes long...may I suggest you stay with it, because it is really amazing and inspirational...


How many of you watched Oprah's last show?  I was both captivated and validated. I appreciate what she shared and look forward to her next venture... 


Oprah understands positive energy. She spoke of Newton's 3rd Law of Motion: "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction".  She quoted the Golden Rule, "Do onto others as you would have them do onto you"... and showed us how LOVE is the energy of best intentions...


The part I liked best was her giving all the credit and glory to Jesus and her staff.   She said "God is closer than your breath...be still and know it."


So much is still in my thoughts...but it is almost 4am and my husband and I are going to Lake Las Vegas tomorrow... Almost a year ago, I did a post about the Casino and the Ritz Carlton Hotel closing.  A company bought the old Carlton, redecorating and re-opened it as Ravella this past February.  The MonteLago Casino was bought, completely redone and opened this weekend.  I love it there...it is like a quaint Italian village with cobblestone streets which lead down to a man made lake...


I better get some shut eye so I can stay awake and enjoy it...I will take pictures....



10 comments:

DJan said...

I didn't watch the final show, Donna, but I was never a daytime TV fan and only occasionally watched her show. I know those who did watch were very glad they did. I read Taylor's book years ago and also saw that clip on TED.

I hope you have a wonderful day today and I do look forward to your pictures! Hugs to you and yours...

Thisisme. said...

I can't believe that you were typing that at 4 a.m. in the morning! The MonteLago casino sounds lovely and I look forward to seeing pictures. I agree with you that Oprah is an inspiration to us all. I believe that many Americans will miss her as she has done her last show. The video about having a stroke was amazing.

That corgi :) said...

I don't know Donna. I just don't know. I have to do some thinking about this. It has hints of New Age to me. I didn't see Oprah's last show; I'm not a fan of hers. This has hints of the thoughts in the book "The Secret" which talks about this energy, etc. I don't know where Oprah stands with God; that's between her and him, but I just don't know. However, what I do know is that someone from our church works for her (I know, it seems odd doesn't it) but this particular person spent five weeks in Israel this past April/May working on a documentary that is going to be on Oprah's new network in September. I guess it is a 10 hour documentary involving women and faith. I know this particular person just a bit as she was the one who was at the park the day hubby was walking Koda and told us about this church we are going to; she's very involved with it and deeply rooted in her faith. Anyway, we're having a church potluck today and she is going to be speaking at it with her experiences; I hope I'll have a chance to talk with her with what she thinks of this particular thing. Maybe I'll have some other thoughts later today about this.

In the meantime, enjoy your day; it sounds like a good one!!

betty

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

I don't have time to watch the videos right now, but I will come back and do so. I haven't watcher her final shows yet but I have them DVR'd to watch when time permits.

I totally get what you said about wanting to feel validated - do people "get" me. For so long, I have felt totally unworthy of anything good. It's a concept that I still struggle with but I'm trying very hard to direct my energy toward good and to think positive things about myself. I've never had any problem thinking of the good in others or in going out of my way to do a kind deed for them. But, I've struggled to do the same for myself.

Have a great time and thanks for a great post!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I have never seen an Oprah show although I have heard of her, your post is very interesting.

Pat said...

It's nothing short of a miracle that the grotto wasn't destroyed in the storm. There is the power of prayer - I truly believe in that.

I heard Oprah's last couple of shows were great; I don't watch her. I couldn't watch the videos because our wi-fi isn't that great and it took too long to download.

Have fun at the casino!

Donna B said...

DJAN: Of course you are not a day time TV watcher...you are too busy hiking and swimming and keeping in shape! I would be very interested in hearing what you thought of her book... Let's discuss...

THISISME: I can't believe it either! I was so tired I kept dosing off at the keyboard...I should probably re-read my post!

Teresa: I have emailed you...and don't you forget how incredible you are! I see you, I hear you and I think what you say is important and what you say matters to me!

Pat: I also believe in the power of prayer...any way one looks at it, there were some real miracles taking place in Alabama in April!

LindyLou: Thank you...I am fascinated with the brain...and have enjoyed the Oprah shows for over 25 years.

gayle said...

I saw the video ........amazing!

I once (about 30 or more years ago) visited the Ava Maria Grotto. My husband has family in the area.b It was so long ago that I don't remember much. We really should go back and visit it again!

Linda O'Connell said...

Donna, I watched her show and completely agree. Be still and listen is the key. Have fun in Vegas. I am having fun trying to find where Blogger hid my blog list. It's GONE!

Wanda..... said...

Ted has wonderful speakers...I saw Taylor about a year ago there...maybe after an Oprah show. I did watch Oprah's last show...and agree she so gets it and is inspiring!