I dedicate this site to the memory of my stepdaughter, Heather, who was murdered on Thanksgiving 2017. I want to chronicle some of the events, as well as some of the spiritual insights that happened before and after. It is my hope that this may help some other souls who stumbles upon this site. Maybe some good can come of this after all (read more here).
Namaste — I bow to you and the Divine in you. Hanns, May 2018
- On Thanksgiving Day 2017 my wife received a call that no mother ever wants to receive: Her daughter, Heather, had just been murdered. A world of beauty, sunshine and joy collapsed in an instance. But in the days and weeks that followed, strange events occurred, which gave us glimmers of hope, and ultimately led me to a new spiritualistic beginning.
- Last night a wasp tried to drown itself in my beer. Do wasps get drunk? It sure seemed strange at the time, because at that very moment I was reading in a book about how alcohol affects our lives and bodies, and how alcoholism destroys lives. Maybe we can learn from that little wasp.
- As I sit here and write this, there’s a little table from Italy next to me. I bought it during a trip to the fabulous Amalfi coast, so that it can bring me some warmth during the cold and gloomy days of winter, and remind me of that sun-splashed time in Italy. It does so every time I look at it. But I can see far more in it: I see the whole universe in it. And also in you.
- When two Hindus meet, they often place their hands together in front of their hearts as if in prayer, bow their heads, and say “Namaste.” The Term itself literally means “I bow to you,” but in the West we often see things like “I bow to the divine in you,” or “the divine in me bows to the divine in you.” That is quite a leap, going from “you” to “the divine.” How can that be? It turns out, if done correctly, and only then, “Namaste” is a mini-technique for a meeting of the minds, hearts, Spirits, and the Divine. Let’s find out.
- When you are dealing with the loss of a loved one, you are dealing with a lot of grief and going through bereavement. Now, “bereavement” is an interesting word. You always hear it used, but many do not know what it actually means. Bereavement is defined as the feeling of being deprived or “bereaved” of something or a person. Now sometimes, if we look a little bit deeper at the original meaning of a word, we can find a hidden meaning. In the case of “to bereave” this is especially so.
- About half a year ago, my stepdaughter was murdered. When you experience such a horrendous tragedy, you feel a range of emotions. Foremost you feel pain, the deepest anguish and grief imaginable. But also anger, anger towards the killer, towards yourself, even towards God. All the while you ask “why”? Why do bad things like this happen to good people? Why does God allow this to happen? What are the causes for such horrible things?
Cappuccino flows in Italy.
In Spain, Sangria.
The Grass is green.
The Flowers bloom.
My Son says "Play with me!"
Do you remember where you were when you heard that Amy Winehouse died? The other day I heard a song by Amy Winehouse “Our day may come,” which was released after her death.
Lady Gaga is known for some of the wildest costumes and makeup ever conceived, as are the rockers of Kiss and Lordi (Eurovision song-contest winner). These performers put on fantastic masks as part of their act. But did you know that all of us wear masks and costumes in our daily lives as well as part of our own “act”?
In the earlier post “Can the mind heal the body?” I talked about how the mind may be able to induce changes in the body, including some that seem almost surreal (like heat blisters during hypnosis). If this is indeed possible, then this points to a potentially much stronger connection between the mind, or “consciousness,” and the physical than what we are used to believe in.
Having a bad day? Feeling the blues? Live dragging you down?
The power of the human mind is amazing. It is said that we only use 15% of our brains, and every once in a while we see evidence of what the human mind can do that is absolutely mystifying, such as to cause physical changes within the body. In this article I want to ask: Can the mind heal the body?
Excellence literally means “to raise up” or “elevate.” Someone who is excellent at doing something is so because his or her actions stand our high above the rest.
That’s why, when you want to be excellent at something, your actions must “stand out from the rest” -- and not just by being different, or bad, or excessive, but being “better.”
One of the keys to success and happiness is to always reinforce the good and play down the bad. Psychologists have long shown that you can use this to "shape" human behavior. But if you want to also be happier, there is little bit more to it.
Life expresses itself in so many wonderful ways – you only have to choose to see this. This is a truly profound insight, which can make a great difference in your life. In my book, "Be True, Be Happy: Simple Secrets for a Happy and Meaningful Life," I reveal various secrets for finding happiness. One of the foremost is that you can simply choose to be happy. The statement above expresses that same truth.