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Spiritual Mechanics Is Not About Self-Improvement

Spiritual mechanics is not about self-improvement or trying really hard. It’s about being who you are.

As I use and teach spiritual mechanics, one of the most empowering ideas I work with is this: It's not about taking you from a state of badness to a state of goodness. It's about being more of who you are.

While intuitive tools will very likely benefit you enormously, they’re not about self-improvement or improving others. They’re about connecting with your essence, your authentic, unique being, your self. This is the foundation for becoming more capable at creating what you want.

First off, as you start to use intuitive tools, you start to work with your body.

It may seem like a contradiction that doing spiritual work means working with your body. But if you think about it, it makes sense: once you home in on being aware of yourself as an energy being, a unique spirit, you get some separation from your body, and along with it, more awareness of and -- I hope -- communication with your body.

You want that communication to be largely positive -- which is a rarer experience than you might suppose.

Most of us are constantly giving our bodies negative judgments: your body is too short, too tall, too fat, too thin, too white, too black, too toned, too muscle-bound. Or maybe we’re giving our bodies positive judgments that contain with them the shadow of disapproval. Rarely do we look at our bodies and simply accept them.

Poor body; it’s a wonder it carries on with such fortitude and resilience in the face of this onslaught of judgmental communication, like a loyal dog who loves and stands by you no matter what you tell it. The effect of advertising’s pervasive messages about our bodies has only augmented our individual self-judgment. loyal dog from

Allow yourself a few moments to simply be -- and to be in your body -- without judgment.

First of all, when you sit down to use intuitive tools, you are giving yourself time and space to simply be. That’s how it works. You start to settle into your body and acknowledge where it is in that moment. You don’t criticize the body and you don’t praise the body. You just be in the body and greet it where it is. Once you’ve gotten your body more comfortable, more fully owned and occupied by you, you can start to do other things in your energy space.


You Are Hard-Wired to Use Intuitive Abilities - and It Makes You Healthier

blue waves illustration from lisabintuitive.comEveryone can use basic spiritual tools to feel better. 

The huge benefit of using basic spiritual tools (or intuitive  or energy-awareness tools) is that it makes you feel better. Why else do it?

Practicing the intuitive tools I'll describe in upcoming posts reduces stress, makes you feel happier, clears out a lot of extraneous stuff from your personal space that really isn't you, and causes your own energy to run more smoothly.

All this has direct health benefits: it helps remove blocks to taking care of yourself and enables you to find reservoirs of self-healing.

On top of that, you gain rewarding insights about yourself and your life, and better tactics for creating the outcomes you want to create. 

Intuitive abilities are in your hard-wiring as a human being.

You are wired to possess fundamental intuitive abilities. In fact, as a child, you knew how to use your intuition, although maybe not in an organized or conscious way. This knowledge was probably lost, forgotten, or hidden in the process of growing up, when intuitive abilities are often derided as childish, fantastical, useless, or at worst, crazy. 


New blog: "The Spiritual Mechanics of Diabetes"

Exciting: I started a new standalone blog that will focus completely on diabetes, "The Spiritual Mechanics of Diabetes" at

This way, I can address diabetes-specific topics there as well as here, but make it easier for diabetics to find those posts and comment on them.

red rose with stem from lisabintuitive.comA wealth of diabetes blogs and websites exists on the web, but few, if any, are devoted to spirituality, energy awareness, and intuitive abilities.

I'm hoping that this blog becomes one of the web's top destinations for those touched by diabetes.  

Diabetes arises from a glitch in communication between you and your body. That glitch was caused by internal and external stresses -- personal, genetic, social, or environmental.

Diabetes is also an opportunity to take ownership of your body -- that wonderful and sometimes frustrating instrument -- and your personal energy space.

Savoring the golden apple

Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) with fruit"Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could." -- Louise Erdrich

I fell for fiction-writer Louise Erdrich after reading her wonderful novel “Love Medicine” and have since gobbled up her short stories in The New Yorker. I’m overdue to read another novel by her. I’m not sure where this quote came from; I found it in the Facebook post of a good friend today.

Your Most Important Spiritual Tool (It's Probably Not What You Think)

How can something as simple – and as silly – as being amused be a spiritual technique?

Yet the ability to find some humor in whatever you’re dealing with is one of the most important skills to have in your arsenal. It’s the most general tool I can teach you, but it’s the one that strengthens every other tool. 

Finding even a little bit of amusement helps you handle situations and people in both the past and the present.

Mayan Dawn / Winter Solstice

Isn't it fun to be at a moment when so many of us are looking at the world ending and not ending and continuing and re-turning? Exciting! A good correction to the narrow (though scary) "fiscal cliff" frame. Wealth is here for all of us in so many ways would we only lay our collective hands on it. Somehow this makes me envision a sea of French toast and getting one's fingers all sticky with maple syrup!


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Three radio interviews this week related to my upcoming holiday concert

If you'd like to hear my conversations with three wonderful Bay Area DJs and learn more about (and win tickets to!) my upcoming holiday concert, tune in:

Tues. 11/27/12, 5:20 p.m. 
Bajaba on JazzLine with Afrikahn Jahmal Dayvs
KKUP Cupertino 91.5 AM
Listen and call for ticket giveaways for my show 12/8/12
Tues. 11/27/12, 9:30 p.m. 
Bebop, Cubop & the Musical Truth with Avotcja 
KPFA Berkeley 94.1 FM -
Listen and call for ticket giveaways for my show 12/8/12
Sun. 12/2/12, 9:30 p.m. 
Jazz Sessions with Harry Richard Hall
KCSM San Mateo 91.1 FM -

I’ll see you in my dreams…or How to avoid roaming charges

Upon waking the other day, I immediately recalled a long, multi-segment dream I’d been having for much of the night. A good friend, whom I’ll call Ed, had been dashing around the dream in various mix-ups, as if in a sit-com. Confusingly, two versions of him existed in the dream, the “good Ed” and “the other Ed,” who looked almost exactly like him. The other Ed was stirring up problems for the good Ed by behaving suspiciously and even badly in various scenarios, and he was creating havoc by making it seem as if Ed were in two places at once. The whole dream was like one of those perplexing illustrations on quantum theory that try to explain how someone can be in one place and also another at the same time.

It had been a bit exhausting to watch this little farce for much of the night. But what particularly struck me was that Ed had shown up in two other dreams of mine so far this week! In all of these, he looked vivid and shiny, truly present. What was going on?

Diabetes partly caused by missing bacteria

Bacteria R Us

“Bacteria make us sick. Do they also keep us alive?” is the subhead under “Germs Are Us,” by Michael Specter in the October 22 issue of The New Yorker. About five years ago, DNA-sequencing technology was harnessed to scrutinize the world of microbes (microscopic organisms). This effort revealed that the prevalent lust to scrub us of bacteria (a type of microbe) has had a downside:  our internal ecosystem needs them. To stay well, we do need to kill some germs, but we also need to cultivate others. Unfortunately, so far we haven’t been able to pick and choose.

Widespread first-world obesity is one result, according to the article. That’s because without a particular bacterium identified in recent research, many of us no longer possess the stomach hormones that tell us when to stop eating. “Bad eating habits are not sufficient to explain the worldwide explosion in obesity,” says Martin J. Blaser, Department of Medicine chairman at NYU, in the article.

A note to diabetics

Acknowledge Your Unique Diabetes Journey

You didn’t ask to go, and yet you are on a journey: your diabetes journey. Whether you’re a new diabetic – wondering what the heck you can eat and grappling with the strange paraphernalia of self-care – or an old hand – confidently compensating for the curves that this day threw at your blood-sugar control, or puzzled by the fact that reliable tactics inexplicably didn’t work this time – you’re traveling through life on a pathway shaped by your diabetes.

This journey is shared by millions of other diabetics. Still, your diabetes journey is particular to you: your body, your mind, your spirit.

The diabetes journey is not just a physical one. It’s also a journey for your whole self...

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