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ARCHIVED DAILY MESSAGES
FROM DR. STANDLEY
APRIL 2008

131,760 ASTROLOGICAL TYPES

[Posted 11:30 PM EDT - Tuesday evening, 4/29/2008]

AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Rah-hoooo! Everything is all caught up on the horoscope pages including your daily, weekly and monthly horoscopes. See, you only had to go one day (Monday) without your horoscope before I had it all caught up again. As a gentle reminder, please check this daily message if there happens to be a glitch from time to time because it will happen and I promise you this . . when there is a glitch I simply won't freak out about it. I refuse to freak out and force the issue because it's not my style, plus freaking out takes too much energy and I can be too dang lazy to freak out! I simply fall into submission to the Universe and come back later. So when I had connection problems in Dallas on Sunday night and Monday morning, I just closed the computer said, "Okie Dokie, it's time to go play." I do appreciate those of you who just picked up the phone and called with your questions (or troubles) even though I was out of town because you should know me by now, I really don't mind. I chose this Life on purpose and I'm just a phone call away. As I always say, "If I answer the phone you have not interrupted me. If I don't answer just leave a message and I'll call you back." (Hint -- I answer phone calls faster than e-mails.)

Like I told you last week, I'm also re-working the Love, romance and compatibility pages for each Sun Sign, which will give you specific direction on how to go about pursuing a relationship. While re-working these pages, it is very important to remember that there are 131,760 astrological types so merely matching up your Sun Sign to another Sun Sign just isn't enough information. In other words, matching Sun Signs DOES NOT prove compatibility. Think about it, if someone has a Sun in Leo and then has five planets in Virgo, then don't you think that person is more Virgo than Leo. Oh, you better believe it baby!

In a female's natal chart it is her Sun, Mars and 7th house cusp that determine her relationship compatibility. The woman should read it as if it is describing her perfect mate because IT IS! In a male's natal chart it is the Moon, Venus and 7th house cusp that determine his relationship compatibility. The man should read it as if it is describing his perfect mate because IT IS! Then you also take into account each person's Mercury (communication). If your Mercury's are not able to communicate with each other, then I guarantee that neither of you are being heard or understood. This is important stuff folks; therefore, it is vital that you know yourself FIRST before you start climbing all over each others birth information and dreaming of children, a mini-van, picket fences and a dog named 'Tramp'.

And for Pete's sake make certain that you steer clear of having a relationship with someone who has the same Sun Sign as your South Node. Remember, the South Node is the hole in your chart. No matter how much energy you dump into that South Node, the energy will fall right through like a hole in your pocket. It is THE bottomless pit in your chart. I have a Pisces South Node; therefore, a Pisces Man will only prove to be a drain for me. I once had a long-term relationship (12 years) with a man who had a South Node Gemini and I'm a Gemini Sun Sign. That relationship was very draining and it took 12 years to get out of it. We were both pulled in. No matter how many times we broke-up, we kept getting back together and coming back for more and boy oh boy were we tired after all that time. Breaking up repeatedly is just about the biggest clue that you will receive that a relationship will not ultimately work out simply because Love doesn't look like that. That's a no-brainer and hardly requires an ounce of intuition to figure it out. The South Node is like gravity and just keeps pulling you into the drain like a sink without a plug to stop it up. If I wrote your Natal Chart then I included a ton of information on both the South Node and the North Node. Drive straight to your North Node and your cup will runneth over! So folks, please be patient while ram-jam on these Love, romance and compatibility pages.

By the way, I have the Rulerships pages back up for each Sun Sign. I had taken them down for a few days while I did some once overs and adjustments. You can find the Rulership links on each section of horoscopes.

Now as for that NEW! thing over on the new Native American Animal Medicine website, I have decided to wait until Saturn goes direct after 9:28 PM EDT on Friday night, May 2nd, which will then put me in the Venus in Aries energy this coming weekend, which is also before Jupiter goes retrograde on Friday, May 9th. Ahhhh . . perfect timing. Not to mention Mercury (the planet of communication) moves into its natural ruling sign of Gemini (my Sun Sign) on Friday, May 2nd at 3:54 PM EDT. So you see, this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) is not only perfect for me to start that NEW! thing over on Native American Animal Medicine, it is also perfect for you to start something brand spankin' NEW! this weekend. It couldn't be better!

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path that is updated for Sunday, March 9, 2008. If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, Taking It All In.

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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TAKING IT ALL IN!

[Posted 2:05 PM EDT - Friday afternoon, 4/18/2008]

AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

We just don't experience earthquakes here in the Midwest but we sure did this morning. I'm a fairly hard sleeper. Once my feet come up off the ground, then I'm out like a light. I'm rarely awaken by storms, sirens or anything else that might be startling to the system. I will leave my personal cell phone on at night but I've learned to tune into the ring and not the text messaging since my family never sleeps. (winky wink)

I have never experienced an earthquake although my brother Sam (Gemini) just left here and told me that I had experienced one when I was seven and he was six. I don't remember. But there I was snuggled fast asleep this morning and all of the sudden my bed started shaking and my entire body was moving. I could hear the pipes in the walls rattling and strange noises all around me. I wasn't scared; I was intrigued. In fact, since I have trained myself to stay quiet during a musical DLG, I just laid there opening my eyes only once and then just let myself experience it. I thought, "Okay, this is an earthquake. This is no dream. It's real." As I remained in the moment for however many seconds it lasted I remember saying outloud with my eyes closed, "Wow, my entire foundation is being shook up. Cool."

It was hardly scary enough to run out into the streets screaming but it was definitely something I don't remember experiencing at any other time in my Life. My experience with tornadoes in the Midwest is probably equal to someone else's experience with earthquakes out West or with someone else's experience with hurricanes in the South or Southeast.

Lately, my Daily Messages have been feeling more like I'm needing to "break out" and shake things up a bit simply because I need, seek and embrace change. It is very easy for me to feel caged or restricted since I have Jupiter in Aquarius, which is THE MOST freedom-loving planet in THE MOST freedom-loving sign. I'll always be the one to rattle the cage and find a way to reach for the keys. I'm bustin' out! Even 'dancing in the dark' the other morning with Bruce Springsteen in my musical DLG felt like there was going to be a shake up and THAT excited me. Then the quake this morning. I know there are tons of people who experience earthquakes more often than myself, but that's precisely my point. I have to look closer at this. It's one of those, "everything happens for a reason" things. Since I don't experience earthquakes or tremors that often, then I need to look at the theme of my Life because this quake involves just that. A shake up of my foundation was happening all around ME! I don't believe in taking Life so seriously that all the fun and mystery is taken out. I believe in taking Life so seriously that all the fun and mystery are taken in.

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path that is updated for Sunday, March 9, 2008. If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, An Even Exchange of Chi'.

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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AN EVEN EXCHANGE OF CHI'

[Posted 1:25 PM EDT - Thursday afternoon, 4/17/2008]

AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

I just moved the date and time under the title so you can see it better. Always check the date and time above as to when this Daily Message is written so that you don't get behind. Yesterday's was written at 4:25 PM EDT and here I'm changing it less than 24 hours later. All Daily Messages are archived to the left just in case you miss a day.

Well a fire was lit under my tail last night like you would not believe and there is a very Good reason for it. I just learned that my website has taken another giant leap for mankind and that makes me very happy. I mean dance around goofey happy. When I'm happy, then I pass that happiness on to you, whereas I become more creative, motivated and imaginative. Let's just call it, "An even exchange of chi'." In website rankings, the lower the number the higher your ranking. Google is now #1, Yahoo #2, MySpace #3, YouTube #4 and Facebook #5. These numbers are world-wide out of approximately 156 domains (website names).

Remember back in January how I said that I wanted to be ranked under 100,000 within the first quarter of this year? I believe at that time my site was ranked at 126,000 world-wide. Well, I'm very happy to tell you that this website is now ranked 106,352 out of approximately 156 million domains world-wide. Rah-hooooo, a change of 20,000! Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout! I nearly fell off my chair last night when I saw that number because I had been feeling very stagnate as if nothing was changing in my Life. Believe me, having no change and status quo is NOT a Good feeling for a Gemini, especially this one. We Gemini's don't like status quo a bit! There are other Sun Signs that enjoy the status quo but not a Gemini. We are the chameleons of the zodiac and we absolutely have to experience change immediately, if not sooner. Naturally we want that change to be positive. God really does know that I cannot stand being stagnate and inactive or dealing with the same ol' same ol' day in and day out. That would suffocate an air sign like me. I would start shaking things up and wreaking havoc if things stayed the same. It's a gift! Actually, I call it throwing wrenches or throwing my chi', depends on which personality I'm in at the moment. (winky wink). Okay it can be sort of juvenile but Gemini is a young sign (a 2nd grader) and we can get by with spilling our milk and running across the street without looking.

So back to the first paragraph, once I learned of my new ranking (106,352 has such a beautiful ring to it) I started typing like a crazy woman. I instantly wanted to do MORE! Obviously I could not have gotten to this beautiful number if it weren't for you visiting this site every day and sharing it with others. Folks, you have no idea how much you motivate me and now I just want to do MORE FOR YOU! I can't give you enough out of shear gratitude. Again, an even exchange of chi'. So I started typing out the first thing that came to mind because I wanted to give you something in return for my gratitude. Now I know that it's not fair to keep contributing to the astrology pages and ignore the rest of this site because it is over 3,000 pages and I do have visitors that don't visit the Astrology button at all. (I know, can you believe that?) So last night I added 19 new pages to the Bathing Recipes button in the left navy blue column. Click over and check out the NEW! "Homemade Bath Recipes." I also buzzed over to the Supplements Button and made some handy dandy re-organization and re-structuring changes over there. Folks, I was throwin' my chi' all over this site last night. Whew! By the way, I will be adding the rest of the Herbs today under the Supplements Button. I already have it all written and just need to upload the rest of the Herbs. I also have Homeopathy coming to this site as well. It was a long night tangled up in all my excitement and gratitude.

Folks, I'm so excited, so happy and so grateful that you have made this site what it is today. Your ideas, questions, comments and suggestions have really created a WOW (wide-open-wonderment) of a site. And I'm determined to fill you up; all I ask for in return is an even exchange of chi', which means you feed me more visitors and I'll feed you more information. The busier you keep me, the busier I'll keep you running around this site loading up your brain. Big Love~ Dr. Standley

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path that is updated for Sunday, March 9, 2008. If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, What Would 14 Cents Do To You?

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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WHAT WOULD 14 CENTS DO TO YOU?

AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

This afternoon I was second in line at the store when I heard the cashier tell the disheveled man in front of me, "That'll be $3.14." The man looked around, touched his pockets, then turned to me and said, "Do you have 14 cents?" I said, "Sure!" So I opened my purse and gave the cashier a one dollar bill. After the cashier collected the change out of the drawer, I could just sense what was about to happen next. And it did happen . . . the man held his hand out for the change. The cashier looked angrily at him above her reading glasses, held the change up in the air for everyone to see and smartly said, "Uh-uh, this ain't yours!" The man shook his head at himself when he realized what he had done, ran his hand through his hair, collected his bag and left. I thought it was obvious that the man had simply done something reactive by reaching out for the change. It was hardly a big deal. Was it necessary for the cashier to embarrass him? She didn't show me who he was, she showed me who she was. He just wasn't thinking and that's okay. Even if the cashier would have accidentally put the change in his hand, it would have been okay and I wouldn't have said a word. So what!

No sooner did the man leave the store, did the cashier say, "Well he's got some nerve." The lady next to me chimed in and said, "Well that was nice of you and he didn't even say thank you, did he?" The lady next to her said, "No he didn't, he just walked out." As the cashier was ringing up my things, she continued to nod her head and say, "Unh-unh-unh!" as the other two women hissed and made aggravating noises under their breath. Gees, all of this over 14 cents, are you kidding me? I was determined to just keep my mouth shut and look straight ahead as these three caddy and vicious women rambled on in their own righteousness. But you know what, that's just not my style. (winky wink) As I collected my bag I turned to the three women and said, "Alright now that's enough! That's not what that was about. And since you are determined to talk about it, then let's talk about who is more rude . . . him or you?"

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path that is updated for Sunday, March 9, 2008. If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, Hey Baby!

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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HEY BABY!

AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

This morning I woke up hearing Bruce Springsteen, otherwise known as "the boss" yell, "Hey Baby" in my ear. It was like he was standing right beside my bed bent over and yelling it right at me. You know how when you're in a deep sleep and all of the sudden your entire body jumps like it had just been startled. That's what happened to me. Actually it was more like I did a jumping jack in bed. My arms and legs shot out like a shooting star. It's kind of funny when you think about it. I've trained myself long enough with these DLGs (Downloads from God) to keep my eyes closed and allow the full download to come through me. Then I heard him sing . . .

You can't start a fire,
You can't start a fire without a spark
This guns for hire
Even if we're just dancin' in the dark

I just laid there listening to "the boss" belt out this tune remembering back to the mid-80's when I was standing front and center at the stage watching him sing, "Dancing in the Dark." In the MTV video of this song when he yells, "Hey baby!" that was when he looked into the audience and grabbed a girl's hand and brought her on stage to dance the rest of the song out with him. That girl happened to be Courtney Cox who played Monica on the TV show, "Friends". It is well known that this video appearance happened to be her big break. During the mid-80's concert that I was at I remember standing there hoping he would yell, "Hey Baby" to me and invite me on stage for my big break. I felt ready, but was I? Well let's put it this way, he didn't yell "Hey Baby!" to me and I wasn't invited on stage, but there I was front and center.

Click here to see the video of Bruce Springsteen and Courtney Cox
joining him to dance on stage to "Dancing in the Dark".
When he looks at her and yells "Hey Baby!"
then you'll know exactly what I heard.

Interesting enough, lately I have been having several conversations with God (The Boss) about where I am now and asking what I need to do next. I have referred to God many times as my "Boss" because I do claim to work for Him. Naturally, there is a huge difference between 'The Boss' (God) and 'the boss' (Bruce Springsteen). I am sooooo ready for change, adventure and to fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants without a tether. I just want bigger, better and more. I'm an easily bored Gemini; therefore, I need to be creative, busy and intellectually stimulated. I need to do more, not less, or else I will wonder off and get in trouble. I know me! After all these conversations with Him over the past week, He sends to me in a musical DLG by way of "the boss" to yell "Hey Baby!" to me! Hmmmmm....I am a child of God and one of His babies. I know what this "Hey Baby!" means because I saw the video. I have a sneaky suspicion that God has something outrageously wonderful in store for me and all I need to do is take His Hand. Whatever that is I can't wait to share it with you. All I know is that I can feel it. And let's not forget about my Life dream called, The Mystery Dancer. Remember her? By the way, if you heard "Hey baby!" would you be ready to go on stage?

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path that is updated for Sunday, March 9, 2008. If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, The Just Reward.

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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THE JUST REWARD

AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Back in high school there was an award called, "The Turtle Award" that was given each year to recognize two members (male and female) of the Senior class who carry the weight of the school on their backs, so goes the naming of The Turtle Award. There were four qualifications that needed to be met - 1) leadership, 2) service to the student body, 3) academic achievement and 4) extracurricular involvement. Since my Freshman year I knew about this award. It was always in the back of my mind.

Fast forward by the time I became a Senior I had racked up a nice list of leadership, service, academic and extracurricular involvement. Over the four years in high school I had been Class Secretary, Student Council class representative during my Freshman and Sophmore years, Student Council Vice President in my Junior year, Student Council President in my Senior year, I played on the Volleyball team, Powderpuff Football team, I was involved in Spirit Club and I was a cheerleader. During my Senior year I was also a teacher's aide, worked in the school office in the mornings and afternoons also gave the morning and afternoon announcements. Okay, so I wasn't a member of the National Honor Society but I did earn St. Louis Cardinal Baseball Straight-A Student tickets two years in a row. No senior female had a high school resume' like mine and my fiesty self knew it.

The day the announcement came of The Turtle Award winners I just couldn't believe it. No one was more shocked than me because I wasn't the winner! I just assumed that it would be me. Take a wild guess who had to make this announcement over the loudspeakers to the rest of the school. I did! Talk about a humbling experience at a very early age. Boy was my ego checked! I was angry, jealous and bitter because I didn't understand how it couldn't be me. I was also embarrassed and quite frankly I don't embarrass easily.

Fast forward again and I'm preparing to graduate from Chiropractic School. Every graduating class has one individual chosen to receive the Student Doctor Award. Not only do you receive the honor of the award but you receive $1000! That's some hefty doe when you are a financially strapped student raising a child and going to school. Heck $100 was a lot of money, much less $1000. This award not only meant that you had your act together but it also meant that you saw THE MOST patients and had the most experience running tests including imaging, laboratory and other necessary patient tests and exams.

The night before graduation my parents, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law went to a 'hoytee toytee' restaurant with a private dining room for a close family pre-graduation celebration. Before the champagne toast I stood up and told my family that at graduation the next day the school was going to award one of the graduates, "The Student Doctor Award." My family had no idea until that moment that I had been working toward this vision for four years. Holding back tears I told them what I needed from them was to agree with me that this award was already mine. The award was no doubt already printed or plaqued for graduation the next day and I wanted them to picture my name on it with me. I wanted this award for many reasons, not just because I felt robbed by, "The Turtle Award" years earlier. I was now a different person in every sense you could imagine, most important I was different spiritually. I was a better person. I believed that if I did it right, then it was God who would give me my just reward and not necessarily the school.

The next day at graduation it seemed like forever as I sat there listening to the introduction of the award, and then the Master of Ceremonies said it. "The Student Doctor Award goes to Dr. Loretta Standley." The excitement was just as I imagined it. I had worked very hard for all the right reasons and the announcement felt just like that. I told myself that when it happened I would allow the experience to soak in and that's exactly what I did. I remember sitting there for several seconds soaking up the experience as my fellow classmates grabbed my arms, patted my back, messed up my hair and said, "Go, go, go!" I stood up at my seat, looked up to God, blew Him a big kiss and said to Him, "Thank You!" I looked back at my family and they were just going crazy with excitement and then I went up to the stage to receive my just reward. It was outrageous!

It took several years to learn the full lesson of The Turtle Award. I was a 17-year old with a chip on my shoulder just assuming that I deserved it. What I deserved is exactly what I got. Looking back, it wasn't about carrying the weight as much as it was how I carried that weight. It's no wonder I was the one who had to make that announcement. Oh I received my just reward. Folks, don't think at any age that your personality, attitude and level of integrity isn't recognized by others including God because I guarantee you that it is. People know. And don't think that you deserve something just because you logged some time, paid your dues and it's your Divine Right simply because you are a child of God. It doesn't work that way. If my daughter was acting out, copped an attitude or was being irresponsible, I'm certain I would give her a just reward, although she may not like it. I could hold out as long as it took for her to straighten up and fly right, even if it took years. I'm even more certain that God knows exactly what he's doing when passing out His just rewards. As always, it's your choice.

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path that is updated for Sunday, March 9, 2008. If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, The Game of Life.

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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THE GAME OF LIFE

AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Life is game and I'm just like the next guy just trying to figure it all out. I am a basic and simplistic thinker, which is classic Gemini ruling the 3rd house of communication and basic education grades 1 - 12. We are thinkers because we rule the mind and are very basic in our expression of those thoughts. In other words, we generally don't dress up our thoughts with flowery statements and big words. Depth of thought doesn't have to look like the quadratic equation or complicated physics theorems. Why make anything harder than it has to be? I'm a Point A to Point B type of gal. If something isn't working, then STOP doing it! Ah . . but that involves choice.

When I woke up this morning hearing, "I've Seen All Good People" by Yes it immediately made me think of "The Game of Life and How To Play It" by Florence Scovel Shinn. This musical DLG is not necessarily about a chess game but uses the metaphor of a chess game to talk about the game of Life and how to play it.

Next to the Bible, my second favorite book of all time is, "The Game of Life and How To Play It." Florence Scovel Shinn is one of the most beloved and inspirational writers and metaphysicians of 'our' time. Long before 'The Secret' and the 'Law of Attraction' mania, Florence Scovel Shinn was writing about these things in 1925. In 1928 she wrote "Your Word is Your Wand," then in 1940 she wrote "The Secret Door to Success" and finally in 1945 she wrote, "The Power of the Spoken Word". There is also, "The Wisdom of Florence Scovel Shinn," which is her complete works of the above four books. Before Florence Scovel Shinn there was the Bible with all the same juicy thought only worded differently. We're all saying the same thing, but saying it differently. I enjoyed this book so much that I would order 20 cases of books at a time from the local bookstore and send my patients there to pick up a copy.

Since becoming a writer, I no longer read other inspirational, motivational or spiritual writers works simply because I do not want another's writings to influence the purity of my writing, thoughts, DLGs, etc. I am very strict about this with myself. I pretty much stick with my DLGs, the Bible and Life experiences for my inspiration. Right now, that's just where I am and naturally this could change. I believe that 'if' we are all on the same page, then we will all be saying the same thing anyway and we will all just have a different way of saying it and relating to the audience that God intended for us to have. God intended for you to be my audience. So here we are, you and me, dancing around the game of Life.

After I read, "The Game of Life and How To Play It" I saw many similarities between myself and Florence Scovel Shinn. This isn't an inflated sense of self because I have looked at what this kinship meant. It is the same as you may have experienced between you and I when you first came to this site. My visitors often feel a deep connection with me simply because we think alike or because I am Native American or because I wrote about what you were feeling. I write it and you may be saying to yourself, "YEAH, I can dig on that thought." The Law of Similars (as in Homeopathy) or the Law of Attraction is passionately at work and so we connect and find one another. How you doo'in?

E-mails from the newbies to this site will often begin with, "I was searching the internet and stumbled across your site." Well of course I don't believe that and neither do you because there is a reason behind it. The e-mailer I'm certain realizes this too. The e-mailer will then go into the relationship between myself and them. I Love that even though I prefer phone calls to e-mails. I felt that same way when I read, "The Game of Life and How to Play It". I felt such a spiritual connection with Florence Scovel Shinn because she was writing about what I believed and felt. I didn't have to get talked into it . . I was already writing about it in my articles and speaking about it on the radio. You will probably be able to see the connection too if you choose to read her works. She's really an easy read. The firmness of her Faith reminds me of me (winky wink) and the power of the spoken word.

I remember 25 years ago (in 1983) I was starting to read a Napolean Hill book called, "Think and Grow Rich," which was published in 1960. This book clearly mentions a "secret." Florence Scovel Shinn in 1940 wrote "The Secret Door to Success." All of "The Secret" hoopla is not such a new thing folks but it is a time when more people are ready for the information. At the beginning of "Think and Grow Rich" under the section called, "A word from the Author," Napolean Hill goes on and on about this "secret". My 22 year old self was getting impatient and a bit ticked off reading these few pages because I felt like a carrot was being dangled in front of me and then pulled back. It teased me saying . . .

"Somewhere, as you read, the secret to which I refer will jump from the page and stand boldly before you, if you are ready for it! When it appears, you will recognize it. Whether you receive the sign in the first or the last chapter, stop for a moment when it presents itself, and turn down a glass, for that occasion will mark the most important turning-point of your life."

Then the final paragraph of the author's note says this . . .

"As a final word of preparation, before you begin the first chapter, may I offer one brief suggestion which may provide a clue by which the Carnegie secret may be recognized? It is this - all achievement, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea! If you are ready for the secret, you already possess one half of it; therefore, you will readily recognize the other half the moment it reaches your mind."

So I laid the book down and thought, "Well I guess I don't have to read that book because I already have the IDEA . . now the CHOICE is up to me. The secret is CHOICE! I always get to choose what I will say, do and think. I choose my actions and reactions. There is no try! I either will or I won't. I can think negative or positive. It's CHOICE! Often times in my writings you will see me use the word "choose." It's a very deliberate statement. Folks, I never did read that book and this doesn't mean you shouldn't. It is what it is. That was 25 years ago when I was 22 years old and 'chose' to become an entrepreneur and 'chose' take control of my livelihood and happiness. I 'chose' to work for myself ever since. Actually, I don't believe there is "a secret" at all. No one is withholding this information from you. If anything you are choosing not to make a choice and that in itself is a choice. Your money, relationships, career, etc., is all a choice. If you didn't choose to agree with it, then you wouldn't be in it. Folks, you can read as many success books as you want but the CHOICE is still yours. Wow, I just thought of something, I'm getting ready to turn 47 years old. (winky wink)

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path that is updated for Sunday, March 9, 2008. If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, Get Back Home Loretta.

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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GET BACK HOME LORETTA

AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

It's amazing how quickly plans can change. It's been raining cats and dogs here in the St. Louis metropolitan area, with ferocious winds and even tornadoes. I knew the weather was going to be rough today but didn't think it would be this bad. Earlier today I had posted a "tiny note" on this page that said I was leaving for Champaign, Illinois for my dental appointment, which is a three-hour drive. Since my brother Tom is my dentist then driving three hours is worth it. Plus he's a Capricorn and Capricorn rules the teeth, skin and bones. Who better than to go to for a dentist appointment than a Capricorn brother?

I purposefully scheduled my appointment with more than enough time to get to my destination and complete my appointment before the Moon went void of course today at 12:11 PM EDT. Further, I scheduled the appointment during the Moon in Gemini, which is not only my sign but it rules short distance travel within your own country. Also, when making doctor appointments, you always want to make the appointment in a Moon that is most distal (further away) from the body part involved. Well Gemini rules the vocal chords, speech, fingers, arms, hands, shoulders, lungs and nervous system; therefore, it looks like I still could have chosen a better day because it just didn't work out. I should have went for the calves and shins and scheduled it during an Aquarius Moon. By the way, under your Daily Horoscope you will see a link for your Sun Sign's rulerships. That's where you will find the body part information for each Sun Sign. And when I drive Northeast it's on my natal Jupiter line. Remember, Jupiter is where abundance, expansive and extra blessings are found. Going toward the Northeast ALWAYS works for me. Back in the old modeling days I always made the most money in the direction of Northeast, so anyplace above Washington D.C., in the Northeast was my section of the world. (cha-ching) Some people in the industry thought it was because I could pass for so many different cultural backgrounds but I knew it was because I was on my Jupiter line. So why don't I move on my Jupiter line . . . probably because I prefer boiling HOT weather. But I digress . . .

With a three hour drive I gave myself four hours to get there. I'm a fairly 'prepared for anything' type of gal and you know what they say, "Opportunity meets a prepared mind." I even packed a small bag just in case I decided to stay and hang out with my brother for the evening. Well I got on the road with one small delay but needless to say, just as I passed into Illinois, I took the 55 North Chicago exit and went 20 miles out of my way. I needed the 57 North Chicago exit. No problem I thought because I had more than enough time to get there, plus I make that mistake every single time. When will I learn?!? It's 57, not 55! Well the weather was just not cooperating with my plans at all. Visibility was a severe challenge due to the downpour and the huge wind gusts were making it hard to stay on the road. I kept arguing with myself about continuing the journey or turning back until a better time. I kept telling myself that I was on my Jupiter line with the Moon in Gemini today, this is suppose to work. But wait . . remember the 70/30 rule that I have written about to you before. Nothing is 100 percent except God. Seventy percent of the time the Jupiter line will work for me, the other thirty percent of the time it won't work for me and this was one of those times. There are always challenges built into our experiences for our learning pleasure. Oh God is just so Good. (winky wink) Just remember, your DLGs trump everything!

Interestingly enough, as I continued to argue with my DLG (Download from God) that I needed to get back home, a huge wind gust came along just as I was approaching the next exit ramp off the highway. At that exact moment I had still intended to keep going but the wind gust blew me right off the road and onto the exit ramp. I actually chuckled for a second and said outloud to God, "Whoa! Okay! Alright already! I'll go home, I'll go home. Look at me, I'm going back home right now." And that was it.

Folks, it is rare that I will force something on myself or myself on something that really isn't working. If it isn't working, then it isn't working and that includes anything in Life. My sister Ahinawake (Gemini) and I talk about this approach to Life all the time. Now granted there were times when I was building this website that I just wanted to throw myself down on the floor in the fetal position, suck my thumb and disappear off the planet because I kept coming up against walls. But you know what? Even when those walls were thrown up at me, I knew that it was something I needed to learn. I needed to learn how to make graphics, I needed to learn HTML coding, I needed to learn about how traffic works on the internet, I needed to learn about rankings, I needed to learn a new respect for money, I needed to learn the in's and out's of my new craft. More importantly, I was building a whole new self-worth. Basically folks, I needed to grow up and I needed to learn the business I was now in from the ground up. I knew that I needed to learn those things even as I was hitting the wall, which is why I only laid on the floor a few minutes and then said to myself, "Oh please, get the hell up!"

This whole travel situation today was different from the challenges creating this site. This was no time to force something that really was not meant to work. Further, it just didn't feel right. Once I arrived home and thought back on it, I had a DLG (Download from God) last night to postpone the appointment for another time due to the weather and I ignored it. I did exactly what I tell the rest of you not to do and that is not to argue with your DLGs. Don't do it folks because you will be wrong. Here's the kicker, first thing this morning I even had an issue getting gas and had to go to a different gas station to fill up. Geez! Even as I was driving across the street to the other gas station I heard a DLG that said, "Get back home Loretta." Sounds very Beatlish huh. God always speaks to me in a way that I will understand and it's usually through music. And the moral of this story is, I just wasn't part of His Grand Plan to be on the road today.

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path that is updated for Sunday, March 9, 2008. If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, Throwing Your Chi'.

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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THROWING YOUR CHI'

AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

This morning my musical DLG (Download from God) was Christine Aguilera's song, "Beautiful". Actually, I only heard one stanza of the entire song and the rest of it was all music and her humming the rest of the song like she does at the beginning. I absolutely Love her voice and the way she hums is outrageously, "beautiful." I laid there listening to her hum the entire song over and over again and then break into the stanza below. It's tough to be with that song and not experience tears stream down my face. What brings about this tearful connection is the stanza below, not the rest of the words. I really Love that song but the rest of the words are too depressing so I usually just tune them out. It's interesting that the only words given in my DLG were the ones I enjoy hearing.

I am beautiful no matter what they say
Words can't bring me down
I am beautiful in every single way
Yes, words can't bring me down
Oh no, so don't you bring me down today

It took a while to register as I laid there tearfully listening to this song and then it hit me. Remember back in November 2007 I wrote a Daily Message called, "Sloppy Joes, Slop, Sloppy Joes". Well this is another one of those little song threads that I always pull on when I want to change my way of thinking. I pull on this song thread when I witness myself or someone else throw negative chi' (energy) at another person. Folks, you would not believe how throwing your chi' not only affects another person but how much it affects you as well.

During a teaching scenario I will use a volunteer to demonstrate throwing negative and positive chi' by way of a muscle test using Applied Kinesiology. When doing a muscle test you MUST be aware of the "mechanoreceptors." A mechanoreceptor is a sensory receptor that responds to mechanical pressure (vibration and touch). This means even the hair on your skin will respond. When I muscle test I always make certain that I stay clear of the joints simply because there are more "mechanoreceptors." If you apply pressure to the wrist, elbow, etc., then of course the muscle will go weak because there are more "mechanoreceptors." [pronounced mech-an-oh-receptors]

Once I randomly choose my volunteer then I ask the crowd to remain silent. I ask everyone not to respond to anything I do or it will influence my volunteer. Then I muscle test the volunteer to show the strength of the muscle I will be using. Once I have done the initial muscle test, I ask the volunteer to turn away from me and then I stand back about 20 feet. I stand there expressionless but I purposely and deliberately think something negative about the volunteer. Then I muscle test the volunteer, which reveals a weakened muscle. No one in the room knew what I was thinking but throwing my chi' at this person certainly made an impact. Remember, "mechanoreceptors" pick up pressure through vibration and touch; therefore, throwing your chi' is a vibration picked up by the "mechanoreceptors" (sensory receptors). The volunteer turns back around, I stand back 20 feet again and think something, "beautiful" about the person. I muscle test once more only to reveal to the volunteer and to the crowd that the muscle is not only stronger but it is stronger than it was during the initial must test.

The next test is more bold and blatant, as I remind the crowd not to respond to what I am about to do. I ask the volunteer to turn around and I again stand back 20 feet. I point sharply to that person and then flip the person my middle finger. I mouth a few negative things toward the volunteer even though the volunteer can't hear what I'm saying. (Let's just call this simulated road-rage.) The crowd remains quiet as I ask the person to turn around again. During this muscle test, not only is the muscle weak, it is nearly limp. Many times the muscle is so weak that the volunteer might even lose their balance and stumble. I ask the volunteer to once again turn around as I stand back 20 feet. I open my arms and without speaking I mouth the words, "You are a beautiful person. I Love you." I will even sign language to the person, "You are a beautiful person. I Love you." Then I'll wrap my arms around myself and squeeze tightly while smiling at the volunteer. The volunteer then turns around as I muscle for the last time; thereby leaving the volunteer stronger than they were during the initial test. I may even give a moderate push to the volunteer to show just how firmly planted they are in their own space.

We are beautiful no matter what they say
Yes, words won't bring us down, oh no
We are beautiful in every single way
Yes, words can't bring us down, oh no
So don't you bring me down today

Don't think for a second that throwing your chi' doesn't matter, because it does! One thing I NEVER EVER say to anyone is, "Be careful driving." Instead I always say, "Enjoy your drive." Folks, your words matter, your thoughts matter, your prayers matter, your physical touch matters and your actions, MATTER! Further, while I was openly throwing my chi' to the volunteer (negatively and positively), I was recruiting others to throw their chi' right along with me through my actions. We do this unconsciously when we gossip, make sour remarks or make critical body language expressions toward another person, which means we are also negatively influencing others to be less than they could be. No one should ever be less of a person having come under your influence. Oh you better believe if you choose to throw negative chi' then you are no better off that the person you just threw the negative chi. In fact, you may even be weaker and worse off than they are. Folks, wake up! Now imagine what you do to yourself when your self-talk is trashy. When I witness myself or someone else throwing negative chi' at another person then I pull on the song thread, "Beautiful" by Christine Aguilera to counter-act the chi'. By the way, that's why positive thinking and prayer really do work!

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path that is updated for Sunday, March 9, 2008. If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, Rock My World.

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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ROCK MY WORLD

AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

I think we are all just walking along, stumbling, tripping and slobbering all over ourselves just trying to figure it all out and get to the place that we need to be. So what's wrong with that? Have we really forgotten what it's like to be a kid or raise a kid? Heck we couldn't even burp on our at one time much less feed ourselves. When you think about it, the amount of dependency that a little child has on their parents is just mind-boggling. I don't even know if a little child knows what trust or faith is but they do it without thinking. For the most part, children don't think about how or when they are going to get their food, shelter or clothing. It's just there! It could be due to the fact that they have not yet been introduced to worry, doubt, fear or anxiety and whether they will "have" or "have not". There's no consideration to not have. It's really sweet and we could certainly learn a few things from the little children. Folks, if you believe that you are a child of God, then what the heck are you worried about? Why aren't you just completely dependent upon God if you believe you are His child and He is your Father (Ultimate Parent). Makes sense to me.

I went to bed last night thinking of the Lilies of the Valley and the birds in the air. Remember those scriptures? "Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. - Luke 12:27. And then there is -- Matthew 6:26, "Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them." I went to bed last night in complete awe of the simplicity in those words and said to God before I nodded off, "Rock my world!"

Sometimes I'm not quite sure what I'm suppose to do but until then I'm going to do the best that I can with what I'm doing now. When my next assignment here on earth arrives, then I'll be ready to ram-jam. I still have questions whirling around my head -- why this and why that and often times ask God, "Now what?" Well this morning my musical DLG came through a Steppenwolf tune called, "Rock Me!" That's what happens I suppose when you go to bed saying, "Rock my world!" The tune actually started at the percussion near the end of the song and then wound back around to near the beginning. As I laid there listening to "Rock Me" I had the most powerful sense of peace come over me that said, "Don't worry about it? It's not your problem. Just do your job and have fun. I'll handle it." I often wonder if all of us who write inspirationally, motivationally and spiritually know what the heck we're talking about. I wonder if its like playing golf where you hit the ball, it felt Good, you don't have any idea where the ball went but it sounded Good. (winky wink) Anyway, I feel motivated to share what I heard. Enjoy!

ROCK ME
by Steppenwolf

[I did not hear the first two lines of the song]
Though just a baby, awaiting her tomorrow
It's rock me baby, rock me baby, all night long

She needs an answer to her confusion
Someone to guide her with tenderness
But when she's askin' for a solution
All that she gets, you know, is something like this

I don't know where we come from
Don't know where we're goin' to
But if all this should have a reason
We would be the last to know
So let's just hope there is a promised land
Hang on 'til then
As best as you can

Ev'rybody's ills, you know it fills her with compassion
That's why she tries to save the world alone
She helps the needy in her own fashion
And tries to give them all her own

She needs an answer to her confusion
Someone to guide her with tenderness
But when she's askin' for a solution
All that she gets, you know, is
Something like this

I don't know where we come from
Don't know where we're goin' to
But if all this should have a reason
We would be the last to know
So let's just hope there is a promised land
Hang on 'til then
As best as you can

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path that is updated for Sunday, March 9, 2008. If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, Why Do We Never Get An Answer.

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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WHY DO WE NEVER GET AN ANSWER?

AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

As many of you know, I wake up every morning hearing musical DLGs (Downloads from God). This isn't waking up to a physical alarm clock with music. It's me waking up to a song that is playing in my head and it goes off just like an alarm clock. For those of you who are new to my musings, I refer to intuition, gut instinct, discernment and insight as DLGs. I believe this is God speaking to us, through us. It is a rare occurrence when I don't wake up to a musical DLG and this morning I woke up hearing one of my favorite tunes called, "Question" by The Moody Blues.

Why do we never get an answer
When we're knocking at the door
With a thousand million questions
About hate and death and war

As I laid there listening to all of the words play out in my head I had this scene flash before my eyes of me sitting in the airport waiting for my plane. I was the only one out of probably 100 people at the gate sitting there doing nothing. I had my purse in my lap and my backpack beside my legs. I was just looking around and taking in the moment of being where I was, in that particular chair, getting ready to board that particular flight, with these particular people and mulling over the question, "What is this moment really about?" I could sense that I was open to 'something' or 'someone' . . . but in a space filled with so many people, I was alone. This wasn't a lonely or sad sense of being alone; even as open as I was to 'something' or 'someone,' I could have just as well of been invisible because everyone else was so tightly wound up in their own space.

Why do we never get an answer
When we're knocking at the door
Because the truth is hard to swallow
That's what the wall of love is for

I'm a fairly loud person (okay, peanut gallery, no snickering). At the same time I can be very quiet and dang near invisible at my own choosing. I like being alone and quiet because I enjoying mentating so much. As a Gemini who rules the mind, I am definitely 'mental' and I do refer to myself as a "mentator". In fact if you go to www.mentator.com it will bring you to this website because I call myself a Mentator! That's mentator, not mentor. I like being quiet because that's when I am deliberately listening for a DLG (Download from God). I get answers to my questions because I'm not only knocking at the door, but I'm being still enough to wait for the door to open. When I'm still (even in a loud busy place) I can hear Him speak to me, through me.

Folks, if you won't be still, how can you be aware enough to know when God is talking to you? Does a crisis really have to set in before God has your undivided attention? Is that what it takes? If you have a question and you are knocking on the door, well then for Goodness sake settle down, get quiet and listen. You have to break down the self-constructed wall that keeps you from receiving what you need to know.

Be still and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:10

I sit in a lot of airports and witness an amazing amount of lost social skills and human interaction. What? Do we really think we are on this planet to do it all alone? Come on, we are here to help each other get to the place that we need to be. Certainly there are times when I'm sitting in an airport and I have to wrap up some business before getting on a plane, but I usually try to make it snappy so I can engage in all that action. I want to be open, not closed. What if I was the woman that Mr. Wonderful over there was suppose to fall in Love with, but NO, he had to talk on his cell phone the entire time and didn't notice me. Now our meeting is delayed until our paths cross again. What if I was the woman who was suppose to help that woman over there through her difficult time, but NO, she wouldn't get off the computer and engage in a conversation with me. What if I was the woman who was suppose to receive a magnificent idea from the guy over there but he wouldn't lower the newspaper long enough for me to get past his wall. There I was, still moving through the scene flash, listening to "Question" and waiting for 'someone' or 'something' but no one saw me because of their wall. I want to know why am I getting on this plane with you, and you, and you, and you, and you, and you, and you!

And when you stop and think about it
You won't believe it's true
That all the love you've been giving
Has all been meant for you
I'm looking for someone to change my life
I'm looking for a miracle in my life

If you are having trouble figuring out what to do next, then maybe you need to just STOP and be still. Maybe that's the wall you need to hit. The more you over-dramatize the problem, the more you will likely embrace doubt, worry, fear, anxiety, anger or sadness. You see folks, it is the negative force's job to take you off your game. Think about it. That's it's job. Why do we never get an answer, when we're knocking at the door? Probably because we aren't listening. Now give me a hard question.

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path that is updated for Sunday, March 9, 2008. If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, The Clear On What You Don't Want.

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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BE CLEAR ON WHAT YOU DON'T WANT

AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Often times during a reading I will hear a client say, "I don't know what I want to do with my Life!" And then I say, "Me either! But I can tell you what I don't want to do with my Life." Think about this folks because it is very important to be clear about what you don't want. If you are clear about what you don't want, then that leaves all kinds of room for all kinds of other possibility. Now keep in mind I didn't say, "Focus on what you don't want." I said, "Be clear about what you don't want." There is a huge difference in those two statements.

If you are not clear about what you don't want,
then what you end up with is what you have.
Be clear folks!
Dr. Loretta Standley~

Take your relationships for instance. There are so many people out there in miserable and stifling relationships and for what?!?! To teach the children that this is what Love is suppose to look like, so they can grow up and repeat what you taught them? Or do you think you can force a relationship to work by being more miserable, more distant and more non-communicative. I have never been a big fan of entitlement, in that something is due to you simply because of what you don't have . . . or because of what you do have. I am however a fan of entitlement when it comes to Love. I believe that everyone is entitled to Love and to be Loved. If you cannot give or receive Love with the one you are with, well then for the sake of Love, grab your lesson and turn each other loose so that you can give and receive Love with someone else. If you choose to sit in a loveless relationship, that is your choice. If you are not clear about what you don't want, then what you end up with is what you have. Be clear folks!

Take your finances for instance. If you are not clear about having more than enough money to pay your bills, save for the future and share with others, then you will probably spend money without thinking and blow money on non-essential items for reasons that you may not be so clear about. We all work hard; it's all relative folks! My belief is, no you are not entitled to more money if you cannot manage the ten bucks you have. Why should more be given to you? Manage what you have this very minute and show God that you are capable of handling even more money. If you are clear about what you don't want, then you wouldn't be sitting in financial chaos. Prove to Him that you will do the right thing when you are given an increase in money. If you are not clear about what you don't want, then what you end up with is what you have. Be clear folks!

You must be open to it, if 'it' is happening.
Dr. Loretta Standley~

Take your work or career for instance. If you are not clear about having a job that makes you happy, then you will settle for a job that makes you unhappy. Is there any other way to look at? You might have all kinds of reason for settling for a miserable job. You might settle because of the salary or the benefits but if you are still unhappy, is it really worth your livelihood and happiness to have that particular job? This is called being out of integrity with yourself because of money. Are you being bought? Think about this because it is a big deal that needs to be settled with you so that you can move in the direction that you desire to be. If you are not clear about what you don't want, then what you end up with is what you have. Be clear folks!

I may not be all that clear about what I want, but it certainly leaves possibility and opportunity wide open for me and THAT totally excites me. I can't wait for whatever it is that I am suppose to be doing with my Life because I'm clear about what I won't be doing with my Life. (winky wink) Right now I'm doing what makes me happy and I think it's all a set-up to get me to the place that I need to be (whatever that is, I'm goin' with it). Isn't that cool? Besides, why would I have to choose right now? I'm only 46 years old! I'll probably say that when I'm 66 or 76 years old. I'm doing what I have always wanted to do and that is communicate to the masses, work along my own time schedule, wear whatever I want to wear, say what I want to say and maintain my freedom and independence. I set my own salary and choose my own benefits including healthcare and vacation time. Folks, I may not be all that clear about how I want my career to ultimately manifest but I am wide open to possibility and in the process I have eliminated what I don't want.

I remember working for a particular company when I was 21 years old and was called into the boss' office. 'She' told me that I dressed "too mod for the office" and that I needed to change my style of dress. Okay, I admit, I was colorful and did wear my clothes more form fitting than the other women in the office. I jumped up out of the chair and excitedly said, "Oh my gosh, you're giving me a raise so I can buy new clothes. That's great! Thank you!" It's not like I didn't dress my style when I was hired. Wearing what I want is a very big deal for me and it will be a deal-breaker if someone gives me a hard time about it. I know what I don't want even when it comes to something as simple as my style of dress. I still wear bright colors and my clothes are probably still a bit form-fitting but that's just me. I won't deny that. (winky wink) Now, I call the shots! If you are not clear about what you don't want, then what you end up with is what you have. Be clear folks!

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path that is updated for Sunday, March 9, 2008. If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, Appreciate the Day Ritual.

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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APPRECIATE THE DAY RITUAL

AudioOsiyo or 'Siyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Yesterday I arrived at my daughter Karmen's house to pull granny duty until this coming Saturday. My son-in-law Larry is out of town on business and Karmen is in test mode this week with nursing school. I came to give her some relief so she can stay out and study with friends without having to worry about Big Tree (my nearly five year old grandson) and do other little things like take out the trash, do laundry and get the mail.

While on granny duty I take Big Tree to school, pick him up from school, take him to karate and of course make certain he eats and goes to sleep at a decent hour. In the mornings, just after the garage door raises, Big Tree always walks out to the driveway and spreads his arms and looks up to feel the weather. He paces around, feels the weather and listens to the day begin. Karmen, Larry and myself have learned to chill out and appreciate the day through this little guy's eyes when he walks out and spreads out his arms. Hurrying the start of the day is just not part of his agenda (yet) so we make certain we plan the "arm spread" in our time schedule. He will comment on an overhead plane, the type of bird he hears chirping and will even be amazed at the sticks that fell onto the ground overnight. His arm spread probably takes no more than three minutes although sometimes it can feel like thirty minutes. For this wonderment and appreciation, what's another three minutes?

It's raining here in St. Louis as it has been for several weeks, although we have had a spot of sunshine here and there. I'll take rain over the cold, snow and ice any day of the week. This morning while leaving to take Big Tree to school, he walked out onto the driveway as usual, spread his arms and then admired the soggy squishy ground. He stood in the wet grass and lightly bounced to see how much squish there actually was after all that rain last night. He noticed the darker color in bark of the huge tree in the front yard because it was soaked with water, which changed its color. Then he had to measure the depth of the puddle that was forming by the mailbox. He squatted down as close as he could to see just what landed in that puddle. Under an umbrella Karmen and I just stood there grinning at each other as he took his time performing his 'Appreciate the Day Ritual.' There is no hurrying this daily moment because we understand how this little guy is teaching us to just slow it down and admire the wonderful sights, sounds and smells at the start of each day. As Big Tree has so wonderfully taught us through his apprecation rituals that each day really is different and it's always a new day!

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

Don't forget to read your daily Spiritual Progression Path that is updated for Sunday, March 9, 2008. If you haven't gotten off your 'Rumpelstiltskin' and listened to my online radio show what the heck are you waiting for? Click and listen. Read the last daily message titled, New Moon in Aries.

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

A bazillion blessings~ Dr. Loretta Standley

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