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April 23rd, 2004
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one more time so I can see your face
So I had this item on my to-do list: Write down vision of ideal future.

I started it. I got stuck. And stuck and stuck and stuck. Over a period of weeks.

Finally sat down with the notebook tonight and reread my notes. There isn't just one ideal future, I thought crankily. Why do I have to pick one and call it ideal?

Then I leapt at the list with my metaphorical blue pencil: Write down vision of an ideal future. And behold, the ideas gushed forth. (Not sure whether I'll post the results or not.)

Spent this past weekend learning first level Reiki. Thumbnail description: a system for healing by laying on of hands. (I now imagine the professional skeptics in the audience deciding I've gone bats, and everyone else saying "buh?" Oh, well.) Practicing daily. Still not used to my hands heating up so dramatically.

Current Mood: up past my bedtime
Current Music: Boiled In Lead - Antler Dance - "Bring It Round"

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Date:April 23rd, 2004 01:03 am (UTC)
One can teach oneself a lot of temperature control with some experimentation and positive feedback; the mechanisms are mostly blood-flow-regulation, the trick is noticing triggers for it. Probably a lot easier with a framework (like Reiki) to put it together. (I'm out of practice, but I used to have some skill at it.) Hmm, I wonder if hand-focus techniques are useful for dealing with RSI precursors - in most people, *anything* that raises "you're abusing yourself" to a conscious level will help, of course...
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Date:April 23rd, 2004 01:42 am (UTC)
I knew about the temperature control but never experimented with it; I'd say it's a side-effect of whatever's going on here, rather than The Intended Effect. (I'm told many people don't experience the sensation as heat.) When I'm in full-on skeptic mode, though, I figure that + placebo effect explains a lot.
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Date:April 23rd, 2004 05:30 am (UTC)


I've always had the problem of narrowing down what I want to one specific thing when there are just so damned many things to choose from. I'd probably find it easier to pick /an/ ideal as well. Perhaps I'll give that a shot.
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Date:April 23rd, 2004 07:24 am (UTC)

Stories about the future

You made the right choice in thinking about a story of the future, not the whole of all possible events. You might like reading about scenario planning ideas, e.g., make a matrix with two sets of extremes, e.g., one set of extremes might be "I'm rich!/I'm poor" and "Everyone else is rich/Everyone else is poor". Try writing stories about some of the four corners.

The real trick is thinking about the stories and figuring out actions that will work in more than one story.
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Date:April 23rd, 2004 11:27 am (UTC)
I'd be interested in hearing more about your experiences learning Reiki. Sounds intriguing.
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Date:April 23rd, 2004 01:23 pm (UTC)
I would like to second that.
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Date:April 23rd, 2004 01:13 pm (UTC)

Lay on of hands (and healing like Jeezus)

I went into Level 1 Reiki pretty skeptical, came out a convert. Just ask the cats, they LOVE it once they get used to the energy flying out of your hands.

I think of it as a focusing of energy that was always there, just easier to "aim", as it were. have fun playing with it!
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