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Finding New Pathways

 

 

Although the dynamic Petey Silviera has all what I call those ‘alphabet soup letters’ after her name that indicate she has academic credentials and years of formal study under her belt, it is her compassion and dedication to those she has served over the years and the life lessons from the school of life, that most drew me to interview her. Practical/grounded as well as spiritual/lofty are her ideas.  She invited her clients, readers, students and listeners to discover their own pathways to healing.

How do you live your bliss?

 

My bliss comes from writing my musings or as other people call them my “healings.” For the past two years, I have posted a musing to my facebook fanpage every single day! I find great joy in matching the perfect photo with my words and feelings. From my daily morning meditation, I also post five days a week on my blog.

 

Hearing spirit through meditation a few years ago has truly been “my bliss.” I feel complete joy as I share universal thoughts and feelings with thousands of people around the world. I love people, so connecting with such beautiful and like-minded souls has been a part of my bliss as well.

 

Bringing peaceful feelings to those far and wide no matter the challenges they have in their life, helping them to see there is another path to follow,  feel and live life is my passion.

 

Since we all have a story, what led you on the path of personal healing and then extending it professionally?

 

My story of personal healing began with the death of my mother 16-years ago. We were so emotionally close, not only in mother-daughter relationship but as friends, colleagues and souls on a similar path in this lifetime. Her death happened within the space of a couple of months of a medical diagnosis, and it turned my world upside-down.

 

I didn’t process what had happened even with all the tools I had as a therapist. I shut down, buried it deep inside, and watched as it turned into all types of terrible things within my body. My grief came out in the form of massive fibroids in my uterus, a melanoma on my leg, and a 20-pound weight gain.

 

Searching for answers and spiritual help became part of my life. This is when I began my journey into daily meditation, prayer, and finding my way to receive messages from my guide. This began my path of spreading and writing my musings for healing to others.

 

We are all so universally connected in what we deal with in this human lifetime. Grief, illness, divorce, financial issues and children’s turmoil become the “stuff” that we can take and turn into opportunities for soul growth. It has become my mission to become a cog in that process for others.

 

It has been said that I write simply, am pure of heart, and allow others to connect with me easily and effortlessly. This is why I have become part of the healing process for others after healing myself!

 

 

 

What synchronicities / serendipities have you encountered in your time on this planet?

 

I always have noticed synchronicities and serendipitous moments in my life from the time I was a little girl. Of course this was due to having a mother that was extremely intuitive! When anything happened that was in the slightest bit odd, uncomfortable, difficult or thrilling, my mother was the first to comment. I remember her saying “Won’t it be interesting to see why this is happening?’ or “I wonder what we’ll say when we see why this person was placed in our lives.”

 

Having a mother who reframed things so beautifully always allowed me to see the situation as an opportunity instead of a hindrance. I understood how each moment connected to each person I encountered in life. Raised with that attitude, I always cherished the moment of realizing why I met a certain person at a particular time or what blessing fell in front of me because of being in the right place at the right time.

 

One of these serendipitious moments came when I met my beloved husband, Ron. Years later, I discovered that he was not only my love of this lifetime but love of my life in six previous lifetimes! I had an instant intuitive feeling when I our eyes first connected, and we are now going on a 21 wonderful years together.

 

I have had hundreds of these moments through the internet as I connect with like-minded souls who turn out to be perfectly placed at a certain time in my life. Meeting you Edie, having you as a guest on my radio show, and now being interviewed on your blog allows my thoughts to be shared by others…for what purpose? I can’t wait to see what it is!

 

How can humor get us through life challenges?

 

Humor is truly God’s gift to us in this human lifetime. It helps us feel lighter and brighter when life feels heavy. Even in the most serious of moments, sharing a laugh or a smile with someone dear even in the depths of despair is a gift.

 

If we could remember, as our souls do, “life” is just transitory. It is here to work through experiences so we may allow our souls to become one with the light once again. These issues are not here to create anchors around our neck. They give us the opportunity to shine once again when we find the person or solution to our problems even if that solution is to trust that all will be provided for us in the perfect time and place. Seeing the humor in these situations is a gift to us.

 

I love using humor in therapy as well. It allows another soul to see and feel that even in the darkest hours they still have the ability to be light. Sometimes people have forgotten that feeling when they walk through my door, and it becomes a gift and a tool to use through their healing.

 

 

 

 

What is past-life regression?

 

I love facilitating past-life regression with people! It becomes a magical process that allows people to heal while being comfortably in a trance state known as hypnosis. They have the ability to access past lives where there have been negative cell memories that have carried over into this lifetime that created some type of damage.

 

After the client has found the past life or multiple lives where this cell memory has been felt, I take them to the end of that lifetime to do the healing work. This allows the negative cell memory to be cleared.

 

I then do additional healing work with my client after they have processed that particular lifetime. While they are in the theta brainwave state, I guide them into the light where they can rest and heal between lifetimes. I feel honored to help facilitate this process. The depth of the work they do in this space is remarkable. Many individuals meet their spirit guides in this space. Some people even get the opportunity to have wonderful healing conversations with those who have previously transitioned.

 

If anyone wants to learn more about past-life regression in depth, they can go to my website at newpathwaytohealing.com and read all about it. It is certainly a blessing to have been the connector for people to their past lifetimes for the past 20 years!

 

 

What are some heartening breakthroughs you have seen in your work?

 

I have seen incredible breakthroughs using past-life regression. People who felt angry for decades were able to feel peace after just a few sessions! In several cases, I’ve seen my clients struggle to find closure after their significant other had committed suicide. Through past-life regression, they can communicate with these souls when they were in the space between lifetimes. These healing conversations allowed them to finally be at peace.

 

I’ve also had many clients seek counseling over the loss of a child that had tragically and suddenly died. As my client connects with their child through past-life regression and are finally able to express their feelings, they become unstuck in their grieving process. I feel so humbled as I watch the tears roll down their faces as they do this work and feel the impact of seeing their loved ones.

 

Many of my clients have experienced physical, sexual, emotional, or mental abuse in this lifetime. Through past-life regression, my clients are able to find their abuser in a previous lifetime in some other form. My role is to help them connect the pieces as to why this pattern existed once again in this lifetime. It truly is incredible work. Learning karmic connections and patterns is liberating, and it allows my client to let go of the damage that has been done. It is such a reward to me to watch my clients move on from these issues to healthy, happy and fulfilling relationships.

 

In as little as one or two sessions, I have helped thousands of clients heal from life long phobias in so many areas. Past-life regression allows my clients to discover on an unconscious level where this trauma and negative cell memory came from. They now can live their life normally – flying, sailing, riding in elevators, you name it – without these debilitating fears. It’s always as thrilling to me to see the healing occur as it is to the client! I feel so blessed to help them.

 

 

How do you take care of yourself, since you offer so much to those you serve?

 

Such a wonderful question Edie! Yes, to take care of myself physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually is so important! If I am not at peace, I could hardly help others be at peace!

 

I meditate each and every day. No matter the stressors in my own life, once I come out of meditation, I am at peace. I meditate for at least 30 minutes, if not an hour or more depending on my need. I love to exercise in the morning as well! I either swim outside in the pool or walk my beautiful golden retriever by the ocean or through the woods. It brings me an incredible feeling of peace to connect with nature, and it allows me further time to meditate.

 

My spiritual home in the physical sense is Christ Church Unity Orlando. Spending time with those of like spirit feeds my soul and brings me immediate joy.

 

Spending quality time with my husband, children and grandchildren have inspired some of my fondest memories. I love to talk and laugh with them around the dinner table, play a lively game of cards, or merely sit in each other’s company. Did I mention my son and his wife are having identical twins girls this spring? I feel incredibly blessed to welcome these beautiful souls to this plane.

 

Finding the balance between my practice, coaching, writing, family, and being with the love of my life allows me to nurture all areas of my being. I feel blessed on a daily basis for where I am in my life and the peace and tranquility of my path. Offering the same to others is my passion!

 

Thank you Edie for a wonderful interview! I am most grateful for your questions. It’s always a joy to write and share my thoughts with others! Namaste.

Book Lovers Unite!

 

I was excited, delighted and totally jazzed to read that the first Saturday in November  is declared Book Lovers Day. I was nurtured on nouns, weaned on words, swaddled in synoyms, well versed in verbs and bathed in books…metaphorically speaking, of course. Books have  been my companions, doorways into other worlds, soporific when I can’t sleep, enlightenment and entertainment always. I have more books than any other type of item in my home. Simply stated…I LOVE BOOKS. Could be why I became a writer. People

Dr. Seuss was one of my first ‘gurus’  who really did teach me ‘gee  you are you’ with his rollicking rhyme scheme and sometimes otherworldly wisdom. ‘Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”  and “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”  My son’s favorite bedtime story was The Cat In The Hat, long beyond childhood…mine too.  Oh The Places You’ll Go  and The Lorax are two of my favorite Seussian social consciousness volumes.

My reading list has always had a rather spiritual bent, enthralled with  The Search For Bridey Murphy written by Morey Bernstein,  in junior high school that introduced me to past lives and reincarnation. Many years later I interviewed Dr. Brian Weiss, an expert in the field after his book Many Lives, Many Masters came out.  Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein, opened the door to the idea that we are each an aspect of Divinity with it’s ‘thou art God’ greeting and the use of the word ‘grok’ which meant (in the Martian language in the book) to ‘drink’, as in to be so intimately connected that it is as if you are drinking that person in and becoming one with them.  Illusions by Richard Bach and Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman were pivotal reads in my early adulthood as they helped me to recognize the power of my thoughts, echoed years later in the book and movie The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.  The Mists of Avalon; a voluminous book penned by Marion Zimmer Bradley, beckoned me into the Arthurian legends from the perspective of the women in the story, as they honored the Goddess.   The Red Book by Sera Beak, Pronoia by Rob Breszny and all of SARK’s books twirl me around their little fingers with luscious laughter.

These days, much of my reading is both entertainment and work related, since I do book reviews. What joy to integrate those two worlds!

 

From The Literacy Company, Some sad stats

  • 46% of American adults cannot understand the label on their prescription medicine.
  • It is estimated that as many as 15 percent of American students may be dyslexic.
  • 50 percent of American adults are unable to read an eighth grade level book.
  • There are almost half a million words in our English Language – the largest language on earth, incidentally – but a third of all our writing is made up of only twenty-two words.
  • In a class of 20 students, few if any teachers can find even 5 minutes of time in a day to devote to reading with each student.
  • Out-of-school reading habits of students has shown that even 15 minutes a day of independent reading can expose students to more than a million words of text in a year.
  • The average reader spends about 1/6th of the time they spend reading actually rereading words.
  • When the State of Arizona projects how many prison beds it will need, it factors in the number of kids who read well in fourth grade.

 

  • 1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
  • 42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.
  • 80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
  • 70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
  • 57 percent of new books are not read to completion.

 If you have children in your life, encourage them to read, by reading to them and having them read to you. People who read have more extensive vocabularies, are more confident communicators and are taken more seriously by potential employers. They also become more out of the box thinkers. Reason enough? 

So, as Book Lovers Day approaches, I encourage you to curl up with a good book and enrich your heart, mind and soul.

 

http://youtu.be/c6j8EiWIVZs  Reading Rainbow theme <3

Restoring Life’s Missings Pieces

 

 

There comes a time when all of the pieces literally fall into place and our past comes face to face with our here and now, present day reality. Our woundings and our wonder become one. Such is one of the premises of Caren Goldman’s latest creation called Restoring Life’s Missing Pieces: The Spiritual Power of Remembering & Reuniting with People, Places, Things & Self which was published by SkyLight Paths.

I read the book under the covers on a rare October snow day,  during which I was immersed in memory of  my mother in whose physical presence I was a year ago this weekend. Tears and goosebumps of recognition as I pored through the pages of this book that is part academic and well researched and even more, a trip down the author’s own memory lane. Sometimes it  ain’t pretty, but she claims it as her own. A true survivor with a resilient spirit, Goldman beckons the reader to come along and helpless to resist, this reader did just that.  She moves from harsh relationships; a legacy from her family of origin, to healing with her own children and kindred spirit husband Ted whom she met on an Outward Bound course.  Being an Outward Bound grad myself, I know the power of stripping away layers of fear and self imposed limitation and celebrating our own ability to triumph over them.

Re-union takes many forms, as Goldman points out over and over in this book; with people from our past who are living their lives sometimes parallel to ours with whose path we cross at the seemingly appointed time,  to ghosts from our past who are no longer in body, but still embody our deepest desires and fearsome gremlins. Sometimes re-union is with a spiritual practice, sometimes with the perceived lost versions of ourselves.

Poems and poignant quotes are sprinkled throughout including one of my favorite, called Love After Love, by Derek Walcott

  The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved youall your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love lettersfrom the bookshelf,the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

 

At the end of each chapter are clever and put -into -practice- right- away exercises that guide the reader to go deeper into the concepts previously explored. She opens and closes the book with the question: “Who do I say I am?” May the answer delight you.

www.carengoldman.com

 

http://www.skylightpaths.com/page/product/978-1-59473-295-9  to order the book

 

Empowered

 

                                                                    

As I write these words, I am the grateful recipient of something I often take for granted and of  which many others in my area are still experiencing the absence…electrical power. A freak Halloween weekend snowstorm here on the East Coast sent  4-6″ of the heavy, wet stuff cascading down. Lovely at first as it wafted from steel gray skies and then damaging to trees and electrical wires…my poor shrubs that a few days ago, stood tall and erect are now bent and bowed toward the ground. Hoping that with an expected thaw, they will bounce back, resilient, like their caretaker has learned to be.  For 12 hours or so, my son and I sat in the dark, with candles, flashlights, bundled in blankets, putting the perishables out on the back deck, to chill there. Since the power was out, I wasn’t able to do what I had intended…writing a few articles. I was able to go the gym in the morning to do my regular ‘playout’. Such a fun juxtaposition of being in the warmth of  Planet Fitness while watching the snowfall through steamy windows.  Once I returned home, after showering by candle light..kinda like being in a cave, I dove for the flannel sheet and quilt comfort of my bed, surrounded by books to read that were sent to me for review (one was run yesterday called What Is Death? by Lexie Brockway Potamkin and another:   Restoring Life’s Missing Pieces  by Caren Goldman, will run later this week). In between, I lounged leisurely, ate yogurt and graham crackers and napped.  Such an unusual routine for this ‘functionally manic’, busy bee, accustomed to being on the go-go-go.   There was one challenge even greater than the absense of electrical power and that was the feeling of powerlessness that was expressed quite vociferously by my son who was angry that on his day off from work, he was bored since his usual routine of tv and video games, was interrupted by the outage.  It felt like I was sharing the cave with a grizzly bear. 

I reminded him numerous times (while acknowledging his frustration), that carrying on wouldn’t turn the power on any faster, that perhaps surrendering to what is, would serve him (and certainly his mother who was actually relishing her mini-vacay) better to relax and find other ways to occupy his time. Cleaning his room seemed a good option to me..he wasn’t buyin’ it. I  attempted to have him focus on what was positive about the situation…we had plenty of  food, blankets, ways of lighting the house,  we were healthy, our cars had plenty of gas, the newly repaired roof was holding up, and I assured him that the power would be on soon. “You’re such an optimist, Mom.”  he said.  “And the problem with that is…?” realizing that his statement wasn’t really a compliment. He was certain that our electric company wasn’t doing anything to fix the problem and (perhaps secretly) he believed that it was all designed to torment him.  I redirected and deflected as best I could, setting boundaries that in the sanctuary of my room, conversation would not focus on what was wrong with this situation.  He settled down for a bit.

Blessedly, the power went back on ever so briefly around 5 that allowed us to cook dinner and heat water for tea.  I thanked PECO  ( our energy company) out loud for restoring our power and my he countered with…”Watch, it won’t last.” Less than 20 minutes later, the lights flickered and diminished.  “Hah! Told you!”, came from my learned pessimist son. “Thank you, PECO,”  he taunted.

Sighing, I went back to my books and blankies, reading by flashlight as the twilight approached. Long about 11, everything came back on and stayed on. My son returned to his room and silence reigned.  It occurred to me that while he immersed in fuss and fret mode out loud, I carried it in my mind, outwardly appearing quite zen. It has been my default mode for so long that it is automatic. I am one of those folks who can handle a crisis with a sense of calmness and efficiency. I learned from a master…my mother who had weathered many a storm, with her ‘strong shoulders’ as she called them, who could step up and be counted on. The truth is, in times of turmoil, I want to be surrounded by people like that who neither freeze nor complain, who do what needs to be done.  Judgemental? Perhaps.  In my case, learned optimism rocks!  Regardless of the circumstances that surround me, including a grumpy grizzly bear in my midst, I know that my own peace of mind can only be disturbed by my thoughts about it all. In that way, I am always Higher Powered…charge!

 

 From one of my favorite movies for kids of all ages….  The Snowman (Walking in the Air)  www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubeVUnGQOIk 

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