Monday, June 30, 2014


There was a time when my husband and I had many discussions on the topic of reincarnation.  He believed in multiple lives, where you lived, died and came back again as a baby to try, try again.  I believed in a single life; you were born, you lived, you died, you went to heaven or someplace that was not heaven.  (I've never believed in the concept of a fiery hell where you burned for all eternity - The God I knew in my heart would not punish His beloved children in such a way.  The God I knew in my heart was a loving and forgiving God.)  These discussions never went anywhere because of course neither of us had any proof that the other one was wrong.  It was just what we believed as individuals.

Then came the fateful (to me anyway) morning that I awoke and suddenly announced that I now believed in reincarnation.  I have no real explanation for the change in my opinion.  I just woke up believing differently.  Now, if you have had any training or read any books/articles on the topic of metaphysics, you may believe I was taken to "class" or "school" on a different plane during my dream time.  And that I had a break-through, thus waking up with a very different understanding of the topic of reincarnation or being born again.

Perhaps that is what happened.  Or perhaps I was taken over by a demon.  I don't know.  And if you hold a strong opinion, one way or the other, that's okay with me.  This is not about your opinion.  It is about my experience.

It is because I don't know why I had such a dramatic change of opinion that I find the subject of reincarnation fascinating.  When I took my hypnotherapy training, one of my favorite subjects was past life regressions.  For the record, I was never anyone famous, and no one that I regressed was anyone famous.  All experiences were just learning experiences.  It reminds me of something Joel Osteen said in one of his sermons recently.  He was talking about the challenges in life, and he said, "Don't go through it - GROW through it."

This morning as I was reading Around The Year With Emmet Fox, a book of 365 daily meditations, I came across this entry and wanted to share it.

"Why is reincarnation necessary?  Why do we come back for short excursions of perhaps seventy or eighty years instead of, let us say, living one very long lifetime of perhaps a thousand or even several thousand years?

"The explanation lies in man's reluctance to adopt new ideas and adapt himself to changing conditions.  In each new experience, however, he wants to do things in new ways; then as the years of his maturity go by, the strong race suggestions all around him gradually get their way.  He begins to acquire vested interests (mentally) in the status quo.  The only remedy, when crystallization sets in, is to remove him from the earth plane altogether; send him to the etheric planes for rest, reflection, assimilations, and general readjustment; and then bring him back once more as a baby, to experience a new youth and a new period of true spiritual production.

"There are other reasons why multiple lives are necessary.  You need to develop every side of your character.  You need to learn lessons of discipline and self-restraint, and you need to learn to use authority in the right way.  You need to learn the lesson of getting on with other people, and you must also learn to be alone.  You must learn to bear failure and disappointment with fortitude and you must learn to stand success without allowing your head to be turned.  You have to learn both patience and the lesson of enterprise and adventure.  Above all, you have to move about in time and space so that you may learn that nothing God made is really foreign or separate - and this could not be done in one lifetime."

Something to think about anyway......

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Status Symbols

A short thought for today:

Rather than having the coolest car, the biggest house in a gated community, the current fashion trend clothes, the newest luxury RV, or the biggest bank account, I choose peace, joy and integrity as my status symbols.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Problem Solving

I stumbled on this method for problem solving while reading Norman Vincent Peale's The Power Of Positive Thinking.  I've used variations on this technique before, with good results.  This version just appealed to me today, so I am sharing it.

Take a wire basket or box, and tape to it a 3 X 5 card on which you have written "With God, all things are possible."

If you are struggling with finances, into this box goes all your bills.

If you are wanting a raise at work, into this box goes your pay stubs.

If you are having a challenge with a legal matter, into this basket goes any correspondence or paperwork related to the matter.

If you are having a struggle with a problem that you haven't been able to solve, write it out and deposit it in the basket.

Remember that with God's help, all things are possible.   There is nothing that is too large or too small for Divine Intelligence to handle.

You, of course, must do your part as well.  Be responsible.  Pay your bills as you can.  Prioritize them.  Call your creditors and let them know you are doing your best to resolve the debt.  Ask your employer for a raise, and be ready to justify why you are deserving.  Pray for the perfect outcomes.  Let the Universe surprise you with miraculous ways in which your problems can be resolved.  Try not to pre-determine how you think the results should come.  Be open and receptive to new opportunities for growth, and divine intervention.

For me and my wire basket, God is handling the sudden onslaught of bills for my upcoming surgery, my husband's dental work, the annual homeowner's insurance policy, the cost of some tree trimming, and replacing the flooring (which is showing signs of rot) in our fifth wheel trailer.  I continue to affirm with confidence that God is the Source of my supply, and I know that with God, all things are possible.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Reflections And/Or Heavens To Betsy

I'm back to thinking about how the heck I got to be 60 years old!  My first reflection (and you'll have to pardon the pun) came from looking in the mirror and seeing my mom!  I no longer just resemble her; I am her....with a different hair style.  When did that happen?

My next thought was who da thunk I'd be where I am now.  Firstly, I'm not sure I ever gave much thought to being 60 - at least not until about a month ago.  Here I am, retired from any traditional form of employment (and I thought I would work well into my 70s).  I'm traveling much of the year with my husband in our 33' fifth wheel trailer (and if you have known me for any length of time, you'd know my idea of camping was a 2 star hotel).  Our home is paid for.  We have no debt, other than the things you can't escape like utilities, phone, food, gas, health insurance (and don't get me started on that!).

How did I get here?  Why has life been so good for me?  LOL - That's me channelling my father, the king of worst case scenarios.  As I reflect back, I can tell you that it was my mother's influence on me that did it.  She told me that she only owed me three things in life:

1.  An understanding of God (or whatever term you may use for that Universal Power that is bigger than ourselves).
2.  An education.
3.  The tools to be able to distinguish right from wrong and how to use those tools to make intelligent decisions.

While my mom was pretty traditional in her beliefs, and I am more New Thought/New Age, she did introduce me to the power of the mind and the power of prayer.  And basically, I believe that it is due to those two "powers" that I am where I am today.

I recently found a box of books that had come from my mom's house.  In the box was The Power Of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale.  In a chapter entitled "I Don't Believe In Defeat," Dr Peale talks about our subconscious minds picking up and processing all our thoughts, random or intentional.  It doesn't matter if these thoughts are good or bad, positive or negative, love based or fear based.  The subconscious mind soaks these thoughts up like a sponge.  The more negative, fear based thoughts you have, the more not so pleasant (dare I say, WTF) experiences you will attract.   And conversely, the more positive, love based thoughts you think, the more pleasant experiences you will have.

In 2014, this is NOT new information.  The first printing of Dr Peale's book was in 1952.  One of my first spiritual teachers, Catherine Ponder, wrote about these things in the 1960s.  And Florence Scovel Shinn and Emmet Fox were writing about these techniques in the 1920s and 1930s.

Dr Peale says, "I have found the best way to eliminate them (and he is talking about negative thoughts here) was to say a positive word about everything.

I must concur.  And this is what I have been doing for greater than 10 years now.  And that is how I got from bankrupt, unemployed and miserable to having reached critical mass (living off investments), retired and very happy.  It worked for me, and I know it can work for you too.

To that end, I have put together a simple brochure/pamphlet called "Heavens to Betsy: Affirmations For A Better Life."  I would love to offer it to anyone who would like to try this method.  No cost.  No charge.  Just my gift to you.  I will send it via e-mail, as an attachment.  You will need a printer that can do two sided copies.  Or you can put it on a jump stick and take it to a  UPS or Staples store or any other printshop.

Just spend 5-10 minutes every morning, reading or saying aloud these affirmations.  It will make a difference in your life.

If you'd like a copy, just drop me an email addressed to "betsy at betsy m brown dot com" replacing the at and dot with the appropriate symbols, removing any spaces and the quotes.  (If you are on Facebook, you can drop your email address in my inbox, if you prefer).

If sharing this information helps but one person, I will be a happy camper.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Birthdays Ending In Zero

Why is it the birthdays ending in zero are so monumental?  At ten, you are finally into the double digits.  At twenty, you are almost to legal drinking age and would be considered an adult.  At thirty, you wondering and/or worrying about your career, your marital/family status, and seriously pondering if you shouldn't be more mature and wise at this stage of your life.  Along comes forty, and you realize that getting older isn't all that bad.  You've become more confident and secure. And then comes fifty....okay getting older isn't bad, but what is with all these aches and pains?  At least you are beginning to be comfortable with who you are.

I've arrived at sixty.  I'm blessed to be able to say I am quite healthy.  I'm retired and enjoying life.  I am looking forward to sixty-five when hopefully Medicare will kick in, and maybe the cost of health insurance will no longer be my biggest monthly expense.  It saddens me that many friends have already crossed over to the other side of life.  I hope they are partying up a storm - I'm sure that is what they would be doing if they were still here.  With age does come wisdom and a greater appreciation for life, with all its ups and downs, challenges and celebrations.  You learn to live in the moment and appreciate the little things in life - that first cup of coffee in the morning, the sound of the birds chirping, a phone call (or smart assed text message) from a friend, the sound of laughter and so on.  Really, getting older ain't at all bad!  And this coming from a person of that generation that thought 30 was older than dirt!

So Happy Birthday to me!  It's time to get today's party started.  Now where did I put the cork screw?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Camping in Leavenworth, WA

Technically, I would say we are RVing.  For me, camping means a tent and sleeping bags, or at the most boondocking with no services - OK, I'd say if it just had water at the site, I would still call it camping.

At any rate, we are up in the mountains, near Lake Wenatchee, Washington.  The weather is warm.  Life is good.  We are only here for four days.


There was a brochure for whale watching at the local Safeway Store.  If you ever watched the old Arsenio Hall shows, this could be filed under the category of "Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm"

When there are "Bear Sitings signs" posted along the nature trails, it makes you think twice about walking along that trail.  It's a good thing I'm just fine with sitting and reading.

Although I am enjoying the forested outdoor setting, I'm not enjoying the bugs/mosquitoes (and it is not even really mosquito season yet).  And I miss my DirecTV!  We are not getting a signal.  Yes, I'm whining....

And speaking of wine, I saw one of the following on Facebook this morning, and one in a window of a wine shop in Leavenworth.

"If you have to ask if it's too early to drink wine, you are an amateur, and I'm sorry, we can't be friends."

"How much whine would a wine drinker whine if I wine drinker couldn't drink wine?"

The answer to the last question is "A Lot!"  I left my cork screw at home!  Good thing my husband brought extra Coronas and a bottle of gin!

A candid shot of Kim enjoying retirement!