Thursday, April 28, 2016

How to do a White Stone Ceremony

      "Endings and beginnings, with emptiness and germination in between. This basic shape is so essential to growth that we must learn to recognize it in our lives."   ~ William Bridges, Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes

     Previously I wrote about how to do a Burning Bowl Ceremony to release what no longer serves you and honor endings in your life. You can read more about that here.  In Unity communities, this ceremony is typically done at the end of the calendar year in December, followed by a White Stone Ceremony at the beginning of the calendar year in January. But you can do a White Stone Ceremony to honor any new beginning:
  • The new astrological year, which occurs on the spring equinox
  • Your birthday
  • Any new moon
  • Any new beginning in your life such as a new program of study, new relationship, new baby, new home, new belief system, new thought pattern, etc. 
  • Any time you are ready to begin a new phase of your life. 
   You will need:
  • a sharpie marker
  • a small white stone
  • your journal and a pen to write in it
    To begin, meditate on this new beginning in your life. Visualize this new beginning and write in your journal about the thoughts and feelings you have regarding this new beginning. Allow a word or phrase to emerge that represents the highest expression of this new beginning. If you are having difficulty with this step, try taking a walk and see if the word comes to you.  You can also take a walk to find a white stone if you don't already have one.

     Once you have your word or phrase, mark in on the stone with a sharpie. Now put the stone where you see it every day, or carry it in your pocket until you are ready to begin anew in a month, a season, or a year. I like to write the date on the back of my stone. I have kept all my yearly stones on my personal altar which serve as a testament to my growth over time.

   You can also create affirmations and vision boards to honor new beginnings.  More about that here.

Another Use

     I have on occasion used a stone ceremony to mark an ending. Sometimes it may feel more appropriate to process an ending or loss by marking it on a stone and putting it to rest by burying it, rather than releasing it through burning it on a piece of paper as in a Burning Bowl Ceremony. I did this to help process pregnancy losses. I wrote down my thoughts and feelings in a journal, and meditated until a word or name that represented the child I had lost became clear. I selected a black stone to represent grief. After marking the name or word for the child and the date of the loss on the stone, I said some prayers and buried it in a special place under a tree near a garden statue.

 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How to do a Burning Bowl Ceremony

    "I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be."  ~ Albert Einstein, PhD, The World As I See It

     Ritual and ceremony are ancient practices that enhance spirituality and help us transition through endings and beginnings in our lives. We are all familiar with ceremonies such as a wedding, christening of a new baby, a funeral, graduation or religious coming-of-age rituals. But ceremony does not have to be limited to only major life events. You can experience the health-enhancing effects of incorporating more ritual and ceremony into your life as the ancients did.

The Burning Bowl Ceremony

     One of my favorite ceremonies is the Burning Bowl Ceremony. It's a wonderful ritual that honors any intention to let go - in a concrete way. The burning bowl ceremony is used in Unity communities at the end of the calendar year in December. But it can have much wider applications:
  • The night before the new astrological year, which occurs on the spring equinox
  • The night before your birthday
  • The night before any new moon
  • Any ending or loss in your life such as a pregnancy loss, the ending of a relationship, moving from your home, the end of a a program of study, etc. 
  • Any time you are ready to release belief systems that are impeding your growth.
You will need:
  • a metal bowl or large seashell
  • piece of paper cut or torn into narrow strips
  • a pen or pencil
  • your journal
  • loose white sage (optional)
    Find a quiet place to meditate. Write in your journal all your thoughts and feelings about this ending. What are you ready to release? You may be ready to release an emotion, thought or belief about your situation. Write these down on the strips of paper. One at a time, place the paper into the metal bowl or large seashell and light them.  Be sure you ensure your safety as you do this. I like to put some loose sage in the bowl or shell to enhance the clearing action.

     As the papers burn, imagine that you are being released and are now free.  You can also say an affirmation either out loud or to yourself. "Even though this issue has caused me angst, I accept myself, and I am now ready to release it."

     When the ashes have cooled, scatter them or bury them with the intention that you have put this issue to rest.  

 After you have released what no longer serves you through the burning bowl ceremony, you can do a white stone ceremony to start anew.  More about that HERE

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

How to Heal Your Inner Wounds

      "Eventually, you will come to understand that loves heals everything, and love is all there is. " 
~ Gary Zukav, The Heart of the Soul

     As a clinical nurse, I treated wounds and injuries on a regular basis. But it wasn't until I became a holistic nurse and worked with clients in an online energy healing practice that I learned how to effectively heal inner wounds.



Outer Injuries vs Inner Injuries
 
     Inner wounds happen from life situations that injure us. You won't see any skin abrasions or broken bones from inner wounds, but that doesn't mean they hurt any less! Interestingly, our outer, visible wounds tend to heal much more quickly than our inner, invisible wounds. Why? Because we treat our visible wounds. Most inner wounds are left untreated, and worse yes we throw salt in them.

     I'm sure you wouldn't dream of putting a caustic substance into an open skin wound. But I hear people every day direct caustic words and thoughts into their inner wounds. And before I awakened, I did so as well. It's what we were conditioned to do because we see emotional pain as weakness and something to be suppressed, hidden or ridiculed.

     Most people don't even realize they have invisible inner wounds much less know how to treat them. Once you become aware of your inner wounds, you have the power to make a choice in how you treat them. You can continue to throw salt in your wounds with caustic thought-energy, or you can choose to treat them in a way that heals.

The Signs of an Inner Wound:

     The symptoms of an inner wound are the "triggers" -- that sudden feeling of anger, sadness, fear, guilt or shame that happens in response to something you hear, see or experience. These are symptoms of an inner wound. Triggers happen when you are reminded of a painful wound that you carry from the past. Here are a few examples:
  • Someone makes a disparaging remark about an organization you used to belong to and you feel a wave of anger because it touches into a wound you have of not feeling good enough.
  • You see pictures on Facebook of someone experiencing a milestone in life and you feel a wave of sadness because it touches into a wound you have from not getting to achieve that milestone yourself.
  • You go to say something in front of a group and you become tongue-tied, which produces a wave of embarrassment because it touches into a wound you have from a past public speaking experience that was humiliating.
What Heals vs What Creates Further Injury

     When we feel a strong wave of anger, sadness, fear, shame or guilt it is very uncomfortable. Usually people want that overwhelming feeling to stop as quickly as possible. What do you do to make it stop? Do you "attack" the feeling by calling yourself stupid, dumb, crazy, ridiculous, silly...or worse? Doing so is like throwing salt into the wound. These caustic thoughts actually prevent the wound from healing. In which case, the next time you are triggered, the same overwhelming negative emotions will come up. And you may attack the feeling again.

     This repeating cycle will continue unhealed until the approach is changed. Just as outer injuries may not heal properly without proper treatment, inner wounds can't heal without appropriate treatment either. What heals is loving kindness. Each time you respond to your triggers with loving kindness, it is like applying a healing salve to your inner wounds. 

     Here is an affirmation to use to help your inner wounds heal. Fill in the first blank with the emotion you are feeling:
     Even though I don't like feeling this ______, I accept myself and I choose to treat myself with loving kindness.



      
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Monday, April 18, 2016

How to Overcome Your Fear of Failure

      "The only way to change your reaction to failure is to challenge the beliefs that create it - those ideas about what failure means. And the best way to challenge those beliefs is to change the thoughts that shape them."  ~ Lori Deschene, Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions 

      I recently received notice that my second self-published book, Awaken Your Greater Health, won a Nautilus Book Award.  More about that here. After the initial shock and awe, the next feeling I had was an overwhelming fear of failure!

     Although this is a major book award, its not my first time at the rodeo. Both my books have won many awards. But none of them has made much of a difference in helping to connect the books to the people who can be helped by them. I was afraid that even though this is a major award, it also won't make a difference. Because I have a fear of failure. Its an old pattern emerging.

Fear of Failure

     My husband and I went through 70 treatment cycles for infertility. Yes, you read that right -- seventy. And that doesn't even count the year-plus that we tried on our own before beginning treatment. Our family-building attempts were spread out over 16 years. And during that time, 67 of those 70 treatment cycles failed. I sometimes wonder if we hold some kind of record for fertility treatment failure!

     Although we have three wonderful, amazing adult children and their equally wonderful significant others, the impact of those 67 failures doesn't just go away. I've worked through it on many fronts with lots of professional help. I also got it all out in an unpublished memoir. And I worked through it by helping other infertile women individually and in hosting an infertility support group for several years. I've been at peace for years. But the process of healing unfolds in a spiral pattern. We all spiral around and encounter deeper layers of old issues from time to time.

Shining a Light

     It isn't easy sharing these "failures" in life. In our society, failure is seen as a weakness, something to be ashamed of and kept hidden. But having the courage to be open and vulnerable is actually a sign of strength! I don't share these things for you to feel sorry for me, for I am not a victim. I am a creator, as are you. We create from our state of energy. And its clear that my state of energy needs some healing.  By shining a light on what we prefer to keep hidden, healing can happen.


Turning it Around

     Although the title of this post is about "overcoming" the fear of failure, I only used that word because it is a popular search term!  Healing is not actually about overcoming. Healing is about getting to the root of an issue. Healing is devoid of any force or suppression. Healing is love.
     
   The root of current fear of failure is the pain of failures in the past. We've all experienced situations in the past that felt like failures -- in our relationships, career, school and life. Healing happens through compassionate acknowledgement of our perceived failures coupled with an affirmative statement. Here's mine:

     Even though I have this history of failure, I accept myself and I am now willing to receive the blessings of this award.

     Every time the thought comes up of something painful from the past, compassionately acknowledge it and then turn it around with what you are willing to do now to heal. Here are some general examples:

  • Even though I have this history of relationship failure, I accept myself and I am now willing to receive love.
  • Even though I have this history of career failure, I accept myself and I am now willing to receive success.
  • Even though I have this history of financial failure, I accept myself and I am now willing to receive the abundance that is my birthright.
     Fill in the blanks of the sentence below, being very specific about your situation. Then use this healing affirmation every time the thought of failure comes up, by saying it out loud or to yourself:

     Even though I have this history of failing at _______, I accept myself and I am now willing to ________.

     
     
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Energy Ethics: How to Create and Maintain Healthy Boundaries

       "Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others." ~ Brene Brown, Daring Greatly

      Do you feel called to work with social and environmental problems? Do you want to bring healing and knowledge to others? Do you desire to make a difference in the world, but are having difficulty realizing your greater aspirations? Are you an empath, a lightworker, or a highly sensitive person (HSP)? Not all HSPs are empaths, but most empaths are also HSPs. To learn more about how to tell if you are an empath, you can read what I wrote about that here.

      Empathic people often have a lightworker life purpose of helping others and making a difference in the world, but because they are a sponge for negative energy, this can disrupt their ability to actualize their purpose. I have written about Energy Hygiene, or how to clear your energy here. But to prevent yourself from taking on negative energy in the first place, I'd like to share about how to create and maintain healthy boundaries. I call this Energy Ethics.

   Energetic Push and Pull

    Energetic boundaries become violated by the push and pull reaction people have with each other. If you are feeling sorry for someone and have a "poor you" reaction when you think of them, your energy pushes forward beyond their boundaries. Due to the non-local nature of energy, this happens no matter how much geographic distance separates you from the person you are worrying about. If you are feeling sorry for yourself and are thinking "poor me," you will have a pull reaction to those around you, pulling their energy toward you past your energetic boundaries. Likewise, if you tell someone about your problems in a "poor me" energy state, they may push past your boundaries in a "poor you" energetic response.

     Now I want to make an important point: There is nothing wrong with feeling sorry for yourself. Your anger, sadness, fear, guilt and shame are all valid emotions. It's just not best for your health and well-being to be stuck in those states of being. You can learn more about how to let go of worrying here. To help you shift your energetic vibrations to prevent the push or pull reaction of others, I've written this article.  To help prevent you from absorbing the negativity of others, read on!

Being a Mirror vs. a Sponge

     Taking on other people's stuff like a sponge doesn't help them or you. It violates our own boundaries and negatively affects our health and well-being. And the person who we took the negative energy from will just make more! Likewise, trying to "fix" someone by forcing them to see themselves violates their boundaries and doesn't help them either.

     Instead of absorbing the negative energy of others like a sponge, imagine you are holding up a mirror. This is done completely free of judgment or any agenda. Visualize placing a mirror in front of you and facing away from you - with no expectation of what will happen when you do. This can be an intention that you set each morning. Simply say out loud to yourself:

 "Even though I have been absorbing the negative energy of others, I love and accept myself and I now choose to be like a mirror, reflecting back rather than taking on."

    You can also imagine yourself inside a disco ball of mirrors, reflecting back everything around you.

    When we maintain healthy boundaries, our energy remains clear and vibrant. And we are free to actualize our life purpose.





       
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Awaken Your Greater Health Wins Silver in the 2015 Nautilus Book Awards

     "Somewhere along the way, we forgot who we are. Experiences happened to us that broke our hearts. We became programmed and conditioned to be afraid. But just as the course of health care in the West is being reset, the course of your life can be lovingly reset to the path of radiant health, peace, happiness and fulfillment."  ~ Heidi DuPree, RN, CTN, Awaken Your Greater Health

   "The world desperately needs more peacemakers and healers, restorers and storytellers, and lovers of all kinds."  ~ David Orr, Ecological Literacy 


     Awaken Your Greater Health: How Energy Medicine Opens the Way to Healing has won the Silver award in the 2015 Nautilus Book Awards in the category Health & Healing/Wellness & Vitality! The Nautilus Book Awards recognize exceptional literary contributions with a powerful inspirational message for spiritual growth, conscious living, high-level wellness, responsible leadership and positive change for a better life and a better world.



  Past winning authors of this award include Dr. Deepak Chopra, His Holiness the Dalia Lama, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Eckhart Tolle, Greg Braden, Christiane Northrup, Dr. Andrew Weil, Desmond Tutu, Dr. Norman Shealy, Lynne McTaggart, Dr. Eben Alexander and Thich Nhat Hanh.

     These are all authors I admire, some of whom are quoted in my books. I am humbled and beyond thrilled to be among the company of such brilliance. This recognition is especially gratifying because my life purpose is to inspire and raise consciousness. (If you want to know your life purpose, check out the article I wrote HERE) Thank you to the judges, thank you to my supporters, thank you to the source of it all!  


     Heidi DuPree is an award-winning author, holistic nurse, Certified Traditional Naturopath, and transformational entrepreneur with a deep appreciation of nature, a passion for knowledge and a mission to challenge how we think of medicine. She is the founder of the DuPree School of Energypathy Healing®, an online school that offers courses to sensitives and creatives who wish to master their energy, and programs leading to certification in Energypathy Healing®.
  
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Monday, April 11, 2016

Energy Hygiene: How to Clear Your Energy

    "The body is a self-healing organism, so it's really about clearing things out of the way so the body can heal itself."   ~ Barbara Brennan, PhD, Hands of Light  

     Did you know that there is a part of your body called the subtle body? It is that part of your body that vibrates at a much higher rate than your physical body. This makes it much less dense than your physical body.  The state of your subtle body, or energy body can be perceived through your intuition. You can also tell the state of your energy by how others react to your energetic vibrations. Read more about how to change your energetic vibrations here. Your subtle body includes your energy centers (chakras), energy channels (meridians), and energy field (aura).

    Everyone knows how to take care of their physical body, but how do you care for your subtle body? Keeping your energy body clear is actually even more important than keeping your physical body clean, because the state of your health is a direct reflection of the state of your energy. Clogged, stagnant energy = poor health.  Clear, vibrant energy = vibrant health.

How Your Energy Becomes Toxic

     It's important to understand how our energy becomes disrupted in the first place. Our energy becomes toxic by:
  •  Thinking toxic thoughts
  •  Eating a poor diet of processed foods
  •  Being in toxic indoor environments with fluorescent lighting and poor ventilation
  •  Being around toxic, negative people.
     Toxic energy is especially an issue for empaths. Empathic people tend to be a sponge and soak up the negativity of others. You can find out if you are an empath here. It is vital that empathic people clear their energy on a regular basis and avoid sources of toxic energy. I call this Energy Hygiene. Empaths usually have a lightworker life purpose of helping others and making a difference in the world, but taking on the negative energy of others can cause them to be ill and unable to actualize their purpose.
    
How to Know if Your Energy Needs to Be Cleared

     You are probably aware of the signs that your energy needs to be cleared, but may not have made the connection between these signs and the state of your energy.  Here are some examples of how clogged, stagnant energy can make you feel:
  •  Sick and ill
  •  Dull, sluggish or fatigued
  •  Negative 
  •  Scattered and unfocused
  •  Confused, overwhelmed or tense
  • Angry, sad, fearful, guilty or ashamed
How to Clear Your Energy

      There are a variety of methods to clear your energy. A session with an energy healing practitioner will clear your field, as well as drinking more filtered water and eating more raw food. Here are four more ways you can clear your energy on your own:
  • Nature: Spend as much time outdoors as possible. The high vibrations of  natural settings naturally clears energy, so any kind of outdoor activity will help you feel clearer and lighten any burdens you are carrying.  Deep, slow breathing accentuates this affect.
  • Smudging: Light a bundle of white sage with a candle. The flame will quickly go out and the sage will begin to smoke. Use a feather to disperse this smoke all around your body to clear your energy.
  • Epsom Salts Bath: Soak in a tub of water with a cup of Epsom salts and a few drops of lavender essential oil.  Twenty minutes is sufficient to clear your energy.
  • Prayer: A prayer I use for clearing energy is this "Divine/God/Universe (your choice of words), if it is in my highest good, please clear anything heavy, negative, toxic or disruptive from my energy centers, channels and field. And fill me with love, light and spiritual energy. Thank you."
   


      It is also important to maintain healthy boundaries with others to prevent your energy from becoming disrupted in the first place. I call this Energy Ethics and you can read about it here.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

How to Make Effective New Moon Wishes and Birthday Affirmations

     "A birthday is the first day of another 365 day journey around the sun.  Enjoy the trip!" 
~ unknown

     In honor of my upcoming birthday and the new moon in Aries, I felt inspired to write about how to make the most of the most magical day of the year -- your birthday! This is the best day of the year to make wishes and affirmations, and you can optimize them by paying attention to what fears came up before your birthday. But regardless of when your birthday is, any new moon is also an excellent time to make affirmations, especially the new moon in Aries - because it's the first new moon in the astrological year.

    If you would like to know more about making new moon issues, I recommend New Moon Astrology by Jan Spiller.  A portal opens at the moment of each new moon and closes 24-48 hours later.  During this time that occurs about every 28 days, you have the opportunity to make 10 new moon wishes. You also have the opportunity to make 10 wishes on your birthday.



Lessons from the Solar Return
 
    The month before your birthday is called your solar return, when the sun is returning to the position it held at the time of your birth. During your solar return month, life can be tumultuous. Your deepest fears can come up. But from these fears you can see what you don't want in your life and what you do want. Your birthday then becomes the perfect time to set intentions for what you want to create for your new year based on what came up for you during your solar return. 

     Here are some examples of common fears. If during your solar return one of these fears comes up....
  • fear of failure or making a mistake
  • fear of not being enough
  • fear of being rejected or criticized
  • fear of the unknown
     Then your birthday affirmation would be...
  • I am vibrantly successful
  • I am always enough
  • I am compassionately accepted
  • I embrace my amazing future
Making it Specific and Real

      Now get specific about what being successful, feeling enough, being accepted and embracing of your future means to you. What would being successful look like? What would it feel like to be accepted unconditionally? What would an amazing future look like? The answers to these questions are your wishes.

     Make a list of your wishes by writing them down. Now say them out loud and feel what it would be like to have them.  Even better, make a vision board.  You can do this with poster board, markers and magazine picture clippings. Or use one of the vision board apps.

     My favorite vision board app is Success Vision Board . This app allows me to to choose pictures from my library or the web, easily move them around, select a background, add text and share to social media or a vision board community. You can even create a slide show of your vision boards and put it to music to watch each day.

     If you put your poster vision board in a place you will see everyday, or look at your vision board app everyday, it sends a powerful message to your subconscious mind of what you want.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

How to Change Your Energy Vibration

       "The way you talk about yourself and your life - your story - has a great deal to do with what shows up in your day-to-day experience. If you think of yourself as a victim...you find plenty of evidence to support that viewpoint."  ~ David Emerald Womeldorff, The Power of TED (The Empowerment Dynamic)

     I have four animals in my home who form a pack. The alpha female of the pack is my cat Penny, and boy does she let you know her place in the home! She assertively announces her presence to anyone who visits. When I'm working on my laptop at my desk, she uses her paws (with claws extended!) to pull my face toward her, demanding my attention. The dogs are afraid of her! Penny does not hesitate to remind them that she is Queen. If they dare walk too close to her, they get a swat across the face.

      This is Penny amidst my potted plants, Queen of the table-top jungle.


     Next in the pack hierarchy comes Stanley the dog, who is dominant over Lexi the dog. And at the bottom of the pack, the omega male, is Tony the cat.

     Tony is a huge, beautiful Maine Coon afraid of his own shadow. When anyone comes to the house, he usually hides. Although Penny and Tony are a bonded pair, with the dogs it's a different story. For seven years Tony has been afraid to come into the kitchen because of the dogs. There are gates up to keep the dogs in the kitchen/family room to prevent them from attacking Tony. But the dogs will charge toward Tony through the gates, seemingly unprovoked. Which just terrifies him.

     Here is Tony in his usual position, lounging on his favorite blanket.


     You may say, "Poor Tony," and wonder -- why are the dogs being so "mean" to him? But Tony is not a victim. Tony is a creator. More about that later.

What Vibration Are You In?

     I know a lot of people who feel like Tony, who cannot understand why people mistreat them, and violate their boundaries with unsolicited and unwanted advice. They don't understand why people seem to think they aren't competent enough to make their own decisions.The reason people treat you the way they do is because they are unconsciously reading your energy. If your energy is vibrating in unsure and uncertain, this attracts advise. If your energy field is contracted and pulled in due to insecurity, others with automatically fill what they perceive as a void by extending themselves into your space. Just like the dogs charge toward Tony.

     There is nothing wrong or bad with whatever state your energy vibrates in. And there's nothing wrong or bad with how people react to your energy vibrations. Because there's no judgement in energy! The point of all this is this: The way people react to you gives you valuable information!  It shows you what vibration you are putting out into the world. And once you realize what you are vibrating in, what was unconscious becomes conscious and you can do something about it.

The Choice is Yours
 
     You have two choices in how to react once you realize the state of your energy...judgment or acceptance. If you judge yourself for your unsure vibration, you keep your energy contracted and your frequency low. If you accept yourself unconditionally, this will expand and center your energy. Because your natural state is to be in your heart and acceptance centers you in your heart. The choice is yours. Because you are the creator of your own life.

     Here's an affirmation: Even though my energy has been vibrating in ______, I choose to change it by lovingly accepting myself. 

Remembering the Truth

     When my daughter was home for Christmas, she spent a lot of time with Tony. She told him what a courageous and brave kitty he is, pumping him up and repeatedly bringing him to the other side of the kitchen gate. I was astonished to find that after her visit, Tony's behavior completely changed. My daughter's loving attention and acceptance had shifted his energy. It was as if she helped him remember who he really is. Now the dogs no longer charge him. When I open the gate, he walks into the kitchen right past the dogs, completely confident in himself.

     For seven years Tony had lived through a false premise about himself, that he was a prey animal. Tony had forgotten that he is a feline, descended from the big cats -- master predators just as powerful as the wolves that the household canines descended from. Tony had been creating attack by putting out a prey vibration, but now that he remembers who really is, his changed energy vibration creates safety.

     What false belief do you have about yourself?  Have you forgotten who you really are? The truth is, no matter what has happened to you, no matter what has been done to you and no matter what you think you've done -- you are whole, complete and valuable -- always and forever.

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