Thank you CNN! Love, Healing & Nonsearch.

Last night I started to look around for some research on the ways that love affects our ability to heal. It was a relatively broad search, motivated by my continuing movement toward a practice that focuses on generating a particular attitude or energy with my clients, more than on the techniques used. Love and compassion. Radiate love and compassion. Surround people with love and compassion and see what happens. Not new ideas of course, but I’m delving deeper into how those states relate to miraculous healing and how we can create them in our lives, both inside and outside of a practitioner’s space. It got late and I went to bed, without making much headway.

This morning CNN posted this article by Barbara L. Fredrickson. 10 Things You Might Not Know About Love. I’d had a successful experience with “nonsearch”! Nonsearch is finding exactly what you are looking for soon after you stop looking it. Yes, I made the term up, but expect more on the topic because it’s happening more frequently. Among many interesting research findings about love, compassion, and both of their effects on our health and happiness, Barbara says the following;

“…your micro-moments of love not only make you healthier, but being healthier builds your capacity for love. Little by little, love begets love by improving your health. And health begets health by improving your capacity for love.”

She goes on, “The radical shift we need to make is this: Love, as your body experiences it, is a micro-moment of connection shared with another.”

Yes! She’s talking about some of what I’m trying to do with my practice and my life, but from a research based context. Right brain and left brain are happy! There are the micro-moments, as Fredrickson calls them, certainly, and they build and reflect back. And there are also the macro-moments, the big infusions, the divine downloads. I work with those as well, and know that people are changed. I am changed.

Fredrickson is a professor right here at UNC Chapel Hill too. I love the synchronicities of my “nonsearch,” her proximity to my location, and the benefit it gave me personally to get this message right now (a mini “Amazing Grace moment“).

Wishing you days filled with micro and macro love moments. And, as always…

Wishing you a peaceful heart,


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Mara Bishop, M.S., Th.M., C.S.C., is an intuitive consultant, shamanic practitioner, teacher, author, and artist. She is the owner of WholeSpirit. In her private practice, Mara combines intuitive consultations, shamanic healing, shamanic counseling, Reiki, and Healing with Spiritual Light. Her Personal Evolution Counseling™ provides each client with an integrated approach to spiritual healing, personal growth and emotional well-being. Her book, Inner Divinity: Crafting Your Life with Sacred Intelligence, explores ways to rediscover your "inner divinity," the spirit you were born with which holds your unique key for bringing balance, healing and joy into your life. Mara has worked in the fields of intuition and shamanism since 1995. Mara is a graduate of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies Three–Year Program in Advanced Shamanism and Shamanic Healing with Michael Harner and Sandra Ingerman, and Sandra Ingerman’s Teacher Training program in Shamanic Journeying and Healing. She is the only Harner Certified Shamanic Counselor® in North Carolina or neighboring states such as Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Mara is also a Reiki Master, and a founding member of the Society of Shamanic Practitioners. In addition she holds Master's degrees in Energy Medicine and Theology. Mara conducts workshops in core shamanism, intuitive development, and the concepts she developed in her book Inner Divinity, among other topics. She has presented for various programs at Duke University, the Rhine Research Center and at events such as the Body-Mind-Spirit Expo. Feel free to contact Mara and schedule a class or event. She can be reached via her web form.
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