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Healing 9-11

Guest Blogger: Jonna Rae Bartges at the Unity Church of Asheville North Carolina • September 11, 2011

A few years ago, a very clever list circulating in cyberspace was titled, “How to Maintain a Healthy level of Insanity.” One of the suggestions was to wear the biggest pair of sunglasses you own and sit in your parked car, pointing a hairdryer at passing motorists to see if they slow down.

Another one said to page yourself over the intercom, without disguising your voice.

I also really liked specifying that your drive-through order is “To Go.”

But my personal favorite was, end all your sentences with “According to the prophecy.” Although this suggestion was hysterically funny years ago, right about now it all seem kind of…wellllll…prophetic.

According to many prophecies, the end of days would be signaled with the start of a war in the cradle of civilization – or, as we now know it, Iraq.

Ten years ago on this very day, that trigger was pulled. When pilots crashed planes into the World Trade Towers in the name of Radical Islam, the US government set in motion plans to attack Iraq.

There were examples of unbelievable heroism on 9-11. The first responders – police, firefighters, paramedics – raced into the chaos that transformed New York, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania into little pieces of hell. People working or living in those areas helped each other escape, or heal body, mind and spirit in the days, weeks and years since 9-11.

Particularly burned into our consciousness from the countless reports we heard that day was what happened on United Flight 93 – Newark to San Francisco. When hijackers took over the flight, intending to slice the plane into either the White House or the Capital Building – it’s still not clear which was the target – passengers on the doomed aircraft ended up fighting back. Linked to his horrified wife through his cell phone, passenger Todd Beamer led the counterattack with the battle cry, “Let’s roll!”

The passengers managed to thwart the hijacker’s plan to make the plane a weapon of mass destruction in Washington DC, and they died heroes. They refused to just sit back and be spectators to the horrific plan being played out – they decided to make their lives count for something. They passionately fought for what they believed in, even when it seemed futile.

Their courage, the magnitude of what they prevented, and the rallying cry, “Let’s roll,” reverberate in our hearts. It’s a challenge to us to stand up for what we believe in, no matter what the odds.

A huge part of the fallout from the events of that day, one decade ago, is how easy it can be to get sucked into a lower consciousness vibration of suspicion and fear. As one Muslim cleric lamented, “The terrorists didn’t’ just hijack planes – they hijacked Islam.” At the core of Islam, which shares roots with Judaism and Christianity, are peace, love and belief in the sanctity of life. The terrorists who pulled off the events on 9-11 are no more representative of Islam than David Koresh or Warren Jeffs is representative of Christianity.

Despite racial profiling and some inflammatory political pundits on TV, a recent CBS News/New York Times poll found that 78 percent of Americans think Muslims and Arab-Americans are unfairly singled out.

I’m happy to report there are more encouraging stories of friendship and acceptance, like the one in Cordova, TN, by Memphis. Dr. Bashar Shala started building an Islamic center right across the street from the Christian Heartsong Church two years ago. The pastor, Steve Stone, put up a sign welcoming them to the community and even made his church available to his new neighbors during Ramadan, a high holy celebration in Islam, while their center was under construction. A few people left the church in protest, but the vast majority supported the show of Christ-like compassion, knowing how it helped heal lingering wounds from 9-11.

There’s the unlikely story of two mothers – one who lost a son in the collapse of the towers, and another whose son was convicted of being one of the terrorists behind the attack. When the women met, they felt an immediate bond in their shared grief. They speak at conferences about the necessity of forgiveness, and the need to squelch violence with compassion, and find common ground.

Not too long ago I had a disturbing vision, where my black lab Bear and I ended up at a strange looking house. A woman there was trying to convince me that segregation was not only OK; it was mandatory for keeping “those people” in their place. I violently disagreed with her, but before I responded, I went up in consciousness to tune in to her. I immediately saw her eyes were completely black and her skin was covered with boils – she was a demon, trying to pass for a human, and her devastating weapon of choice was to try to create suspicion and division among people on earth.

If we can be seduced to sit in judgment on those who are different races, creeds, economic status or any other fabricated criteria, we are chipping away at our humanity, our compassion, and our divine moral core. This dream vision dramatically showed me the necessity of constantly being in discernment; never willingly giving away our power and common sense to any individual or “cause.”

No matter how dark forces try to twist our words and ideas, we have free will. We can raise our consciousness as easily as taking a deep, cleansing breath – let’s do that together right now — and catapult into a higher state of awareness. Darkness is the absence of light; evil is the absence of good. Fear is the absence of faith.

By focusing on bringing more light, and good, and faith into our own life, we heal it, and we help heal the world. Each of us has limitless power to be a beacon of light and goodness, faith and compassion. It starts with discernment, and the desire to make a positive difference with our life.

This 10-year anniversary of 9-11 can and SHOULD make us think about what matters…what are you willing to stand up for, just like Todd Beamer and all those other passengers on Flight 93. What are you willing to fight for? What are you passionate about? The Dali Lama says compassion is his religion. Let’s all convert to this religion of compassion – and heal any residual energy of 9-11 by truly being the brilliant, loving, compassionate people our pets THINK we are.

In the Old Testament, which Islam embraces, the book of Micah, chapter 6, verse 6, the scripture asks, what does God want from us? Does He want burnt offerings? Thousands of rams, or rivers of fragrant oils, or what about my first-born?

The prophet answered,

“He has told you, o man, what is good:

And what does the Lord require of you

But to do justice… to love kindness…

And to walk humbly with your God.”

I challenge you to follow this simple, heart-felt instruction. From something as easy as kindly smiling at other shoppers in the grocery store to donating that coat you haven’t worn in two years, or mowing a sick neighbor’s lawn, collecting canned goods for Manna food bank, or letting someone cut in front of you in traffic – kindness and good will and compassion are not just what God WANTS us to – they’re contagious. Make a decision to do one good deed a day.

Start a “Chats for Change” circle, where you meet with like-minded people to share ideas, and build a strong spirit of community. Go to HarmonyforHumanity.org for more information on how to do that, or talk to Robert Akers if you’re finally ready to “Be the Change.”

By doing ANY of these things, not only can we heal the memory of 9-11, but we can actively help create that age of peace and goodwill that’s just around the corner — according to the prophecy.

Let’s roll!

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C 2011 Jonna Rae Bartges

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Steps to Surrender

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My Spiritual Journey: Counselor—Faith—Intuition

July 2, 2009

Part 5 of a 5 part blog series

Today as I sat meditating I realized that another message I received yesterday is that God has a very important mission for me. Yes, it will change my life greatly, and it will also change the lives of many others. But I already knew that, right? So, what is the problem?

Surrender is the problem or lack of surrendering really. I need to surrender this to God and start doing his work. Knowing deep down in my being that when I go out on faith — when I own my healing power — God will be there and to take care of me. BUT my ego has got to get out of the way.

Great, you’re saying. How in the heck do I get my headstrong crazy ego to leave, or just chill out? Well, yesterday I finally heard the answer, and it actually is simple. It’s something that I’ve heard for years, but I guess I really did not truly hear it. It’s prayer. It’s asking specifically for God’s guidance. Asking for God to help me. So, in essence when we pray to God, asking Him to come into our lives and guide us, what we really are doing is two-fold. First, by “asking” we are giving God and all His angles permission to be with us. To interact on our benefit. To change the course of things. To be our companion. To work hand and hand with us throughout our lives.

I did not realize that because of the free will God gave us, without us asking God to guide us, he couldn’t. What irony is that?

All those years when I was a volunteer in youth group and people would ask me how I felt about abortion, I would tell them I am pro-choice. Boy, what violent and confused reactions I would get. Then I simply would ask them this question: “What is one of the greatest gifts God has given us?” The answer, of course, is “free will.” It is this gift of free will that requires us to ask God to guide us. Until we specifically ask, all God can do is sit back and love us.

The other thing that happens when we “ask” God is that through our asking, He now is in charge, and our ego can be removed. Once our ego is out of the picture, our fears lessen. Why? Because we are not in control – God is. Remember, we asked God to guide our steps, and to be in charge. We turned our troubles over to him. How cool is that.

Of course our domineering, blood sucking ego has a hard time staying out of things, so it becomes a process of assuring our ego — like little children —that everything will be okay. So during this discovery I wrote down some prayers and affirmations to help me ask God specifically to guide me on this spiritual journey.

Affirmation
I am surrounded by the pure white light of God
For love, guidance and protection
Only good shall go from me;
Only good shall come to me.
I give thanks, I give thanks, I give thanks.

Things to remember or focus on:
Guide me, God so I can be of spiritual service.
I must ask for God’s guidance and direction everyday in my life.
I must ask for spiritual assistance to come into my life.
I need to focus on the promise of what is coming (this helps keep my ego in check).

With all this in mind I came up with my daily prayer.

My Daily Prayer
Thank you, God, for calling me to be of spiritual service to you,
And for giving me this time to reflect and become whole.
Please guide me in doing the best possible actions each day.
Please send me people who will help me fulfill Your mission for me in this lifetime.

My Spiritual Journey Continued

Part 1 My Spiritual Journey

Part 2 My Struggle…

Part 3 God’s Passionate Touch

Part 4 God Wants to Talk to You

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God Wants to Talk to You

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My Spiritual Journey: Counselor—Faith—Intuition

July 1, 2009

Part 4 of a 5 part blog series

It has been a couple of weeks since I have written in my journal because I have been running away.  That is not to say that God has stopped working in my life—for He has not. I am the one who has been confounding the process. Why, you might ask? Well, that is simple.  “ I got scared” and “I became overwhelmed.” It was interesting when this happened because even though I ran away from journaling and mediating, God was still there — talking to me and guiding me.  He was letting me realize what He wants me to know about Him and His children, and most importantly what He wants me to know about myself.

You might think that’s an awfully egoistical thing to say—that “I am that important.” I, for one, hate to be around people who are all about themselves. I often tell people who are caught-up in themselves, “You’re not that important.” Well, I say that on the inside, anyway. I am way too nice a person to say something so hurtful to their face. Perhaps what I have been doing all this time is saying those words to myself: “Kay, you’re not that important.” But to God, I am that important, as is each one of His children. Right now, though, during my spiritual journey, I think God is telling me, “Yes Kay, you are very important, and I have a very special job for you to do. I need you to embrace your uniqueness so that you can share your unique sense of passion and being.”

Yesterday I had a very special phone conservation with a friend of mine who God put in my life to help guide me on this journey, and to help me claim my healing power. Do you know how hard that was for me to just write that, “to claim my healing power?” The only way I could was to realize that when I claim my own power, in essence I am claiming God’s power. I can do that – I can claim God’s power. And as I go through this process I will gradually also claim my own power and be okay with that.  But today, July 1, 2009, I am not comfortable “claiming all my power.” Oh, I suppose I am okay with parts of it, but I definitely am NOT okay with claiming all of it.

Many things came out of my phone conservation yesterday — like it is me who keeps people at arms length, not them. Yes, people find me to be quirky, expressive and totally unorthodox, but they are not judging me as I thought they were. They are simply processing how to take in this very alive person. The judgment and criticism is not from them but from when I was a kid in elementary school. I was the black sheep of my class — in fact, a fellow classmates of mine repeatedly said I had “cooties.” Yesterday when I realized this, it was like a light went off in my brain.  I cognitively realized that the judgment I so often feel is an old schema from my formative years. Just like I tell my clients, I will have to work hard on changing this old schema and replacing it with a more positive and realistic understanding.

I feel myself growing, realizing ways I’ve limited myself and my happiness, knowing I have the power to change those old behaviors if I so choose.  This growth is not comfortable or easy – but it’s important, and good. I’m slowly turning my deepest hidden fears over to God, and with each one I release, I feel lighter.

My Spiritual Journey Continued 

Part 1 My Spiritual Journey

Part 2 My Struggle…

Part 3 God’s Passionate Touch

Part 5 Steps to Surrender

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God’s Compassionate Touch

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Part 3 of My Spiritual Journey: Counselor—Faith—Intuition

June 22, 2009

Part 3 of a 5 part blog series

As I continue to read today God was not finished with me yet. Even thou the sun threatens to run me off my patio, He has more He needs to tell me—more I need to hear. To start I guess I need to share with you the words I underlined in the book God has chosen for me to start my spiritual journey, well one of the books anyway. God actually has me reading four books at the moment. Each for a different purposes each with a different meaning. As a side note I do find it important to share that this poor little dyslexia girl has NEVER read more than one book at time before now. Well anyway here are the words that spoke to me today. They seem to center around two themes compassion and wounded spirit, they are:

  • People longed for His compassionate touch
  • Each who came was touched
  • And each one was changed
  • Compassionate touch
  • That one touch changed their life forever
  • He extended his hand, palm forward
  • Isolate their wounded
  • He was put outside the village
  • Infected by this fear of rejection and their memories of the last time they tired. They choose not to be touched at all. Rather than RISK being hurt again
  • Before He spoke, I knew He cared
  • I will never forget the One who dared to touch me

This last one did it —God is now yelling at me saying “Kay don’t you get it!” “I want YOU to dare to touch my children completely with all of your being and all of your spirit. And I God will not only show you how (even though you already know how) I will be there to hold you –because I know you think you will fail you think you will fall. But I God knows better. I know that this is only your fear talking because I God know you won’t fall, that you won’t fail; that you will achieve all that I have planned for you to be. I want you Kay to touch my children to honor me by honoring them to validate me by validating them, to christen them in the Glory of Christ. Yours is the Power of the Godly touch.”

As a side note while I re-read what I wrote today God wanted me to change what I wrote. You see as I penned the bullet points above I put the word God in parenthesis. Now God is telling me to remove the parenthesis. He wanted me to own that it is Kay doing the touching, and to stop deflecting by saying it was God. He wants me to truly embrace and own the power that God has given me. Yes, God is working through me but I have to own my part totally and right now in this moment in time — that’s kind of scary for me —

My Spiritual Journey Continued

Part 1 My Spiritual Journey

Part 2 My Struggle…

Part 4 God Wants to Talk to You

Part 5 Steps to Surrender

If you would like Dr. Kay Trotter to come talk to your group or find out more about Kaleidoscope Counseling please call 214-499-0396

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My Spiritual Journey: Counselor—Faith—Intuition

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My Spiritual Journey: Counselor—Faith—Intuition
Summer of 2009

Part 1 of a 5 part blog series

I’m Dr. Kay Trotter, and I love my clinical work as a counselor for children, adolescents and adults. While I respect all religious beliefs, I am also a devout Christian, and love the strong foundation my faith gives my life and my work. In addition, I love how I am spiritually inspired and guided, receiving messages and confirmations in intuitive flashes of insight.

While these three facets of me are all important – the clinical, the religious and the spiritual – for years I felt I needed to keep them separate from each other. It became more and more difficult, though, and I seemed to be attracting to me clients who required that I begin to work with them from multiple perspectives. For instance there was the young girl who saw ghosts, and needed a way to understand and control what was happening in her life. Other clients have asked me to pray with them.

From a clinical perspective, I was feeling torn. While I received excellent results when I used both my religious and spiritual experiences to help my clients, I still questioned the validity of deviating from the clinical model – or rather, building other layers on top of it.

I had to be authentic – I couldn’t pretend these other facets of myself weren’t there during a counseling session when I felt clients were needing guidance above and beyond textbook models. And in the instances where I did delve into my spiritual and religious tool box, I could see sometimes miraculous emotional healing in my clients. In summer of 2009, I finally realized I had to take a sabbatical to both prayerfully and analytically reflect on my work, and my future path.

I knew I had to undertake this spiritual journey for myself, all my clients, and all the people I am blessed to interact with on a daily basis. I also knew I had to journal my experiences – I couldn’t be the only counselor who was facing this dilemma.

No sooner had I made this commitment to myself and my clients than I found this remarkable passage, labeled “God’s View of Life:”

“God loves to decorate; God has to decorate. Let Him live long enough in a heart and the heart will begin to change. Portraits of hurt will be replaced by landscapes of grace. Walls of anger will be demolished and shaky foundations restored. God can no more leave a life unchanged than a mother can leave her child’s tears untouched.

It’s not enough for Him to own you; He wants to change you. Where you and I might be satisfied with a recliner and refrigerator, He refuses to settle for any dwelling short of a palace. After all, this is His house. No expense is spared. No corners are cut. “Oh, the utter extravagance of His work in us who trust Him (Eph. 1:19).”

This explains some of the discomfort in my life. Remodeling of the heart is not always pleasant. We don’t object when the Carpenter adds a few shelves, but He has been know to gut a entire west wing. He has such high aspirations for me! God envisions a complete restoration. He won’t stop until He is finished. And he won’t be finished until I have been shaped “along the… lines…of His Son (Rom. 8:29).”

My Creator is remaking me into the Image of Christ. He wants me to be just like Jesus. This is the desire of God.”

— By Max Lucado
in Just Like Jesus

So with this strong confirmation, my journey began. It is an honor to share it with you through this blog.

Saturday June 6, 2009
Because I feel God is challenging me to go on a spiritual journey, I have chosen to take a three-month sabbatical from my counseling practice. For this journey I completely surrender myself and my hands to God, that He can take me where I need to go and show me what He wants me to see. I feel with all my heart that He is taking me on this journey to be in relationship with Him at a greater level than I am now—to the next level of faith. I do not know where He will lead me, but I will strive with all that I am to go where He takes me and to utilize all those He sends to guide me. I know that these summer sabbatical months are just the prelude for a lifelong voyage as I allow God to guide me in both my personal and my professional life.

God has also called upon me to re-dedicate my life to Him, symbolically, in a new Baptism. As of yet I do not know when or where my Baptism will take place — however I feel it is not far off. As I walk and cry on this journey, I hope to take you with me, sharing in my joys and hopes and risking to let those closest to me see the parts of myself that I keep close to my heart out of fear of be ridiculed.

I pray that God gives me the strength and words to let you in, something that I struggle to do. It is much easier to keep the deepest emotional parts of my heart and my faith cloistered away. I pray that God gives me the strength to not hide myself when I am overcome with the presence of the Holy Spirit and tears quietly roll down my face. I pray that God remove my feelings of self-consciousness and that I truly embrace all that He is sending me, no matter where I am, no matter who is around me and could possibly see me. I seek to move my faith and God’s presence in my life out of my private world and into the world of others. For I know this is what God is calling me to do.

As I write these words tears wet my face and the power of Christ fills me. This is a gift God has always given me, the ability to see and feel Him in so many different places and in so many different people. I have been the one who has kept Him locked up, out of fear of what others will think, fear of what others will do if they know how intensely I feel God’s presence and how unconventionally he works in my life.

Sunday June 7, 2009
I know this may sound silly to you, but God just showed me what He wants from me and what I am.

“I am a healer.”

I know those of you who know me are chuckling to yourself because you have always known that that I am a healer and I have known too. But — not at the level that God now wants me to own it. Like the Scriptures tell us, people longed for Christ’s compassionate touch. And each who came was touched. And each one touched was changed. I know that God has given me the ability to compassionately touch His children and on some level, I know they have been changed. But that is a lot of power — and I don’t know if I want that.

I guess that’s part of what this journey is all about — me learning to release God’s power in me and just let God flow thru me. I also know that thru this journey, God will help me learn to manage the physical and emotional drain—not just a ‘drain,’ but rather the pure depletion I can experience being His healer.

The cognitive part of me wants Him to show me coping skills, mediation, relaxation techniques to use to fill me up when I am empty. But on some deeper level, I know this will not happen. I have to learn once again to surrender myself to God and allow Him to use me. And I have to know that although I may feel like I am going to explode; that there is no more that I can give, that I am exhausted — God will be there to take care of me. He will be the one to fill me and replenish me in ways my human mind can not even imagine.

I was gong to write that I need to go Google some of our world great “healers” and see how they take care of themselves. Then I realized that it is this kind of ‘stinking thinking’ that I have to stop. Because God does not want “me” to take care of myself — He wants me to surrender to Him, and have faith that he will take care of this need in me so that I can do the great work that He is calling me to do. Since I now see this more clearly I will work on surrendering this aspect of myself more to Christ. God willing, I will succeed!

My Spiritual Journey Continued

Part 2 My Struggle…

Part 3 God’s Passionate Touch

Part 4 God Wants to Talk to You

Part 5 Steps to Surrender

If you would like Dr. Kay Trotter to come talk to your group or find out more about Kaleidoscope Counseling please call 214-499-0396

Dr Trotter also post regularly on her: Facebook Fan Page and Pinterest.

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