Archive for October, 2011

Hard Hat And A Hammer

Honor is Integrity in Action.

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Amarillo Sky

hard working men make America great!

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The House That Built Me

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Who I Am

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To Love and Be Loved
(c) 2011 O shannan suzzette

God gives us love and free will
to teach us the gift
of suffering

God gives us water
to teach us the gift
of thirst

God gives us pain
to teach us the gift
of surrender

through our free will
we suffer
great pains of the heart
as we struggle to feel
our right use of power
and life force

through our thirst we desire to escape
from the pain of life
at all costs

birth is a painful process
as we travel from spirit
into skin
and try to grow to hold more
of this world
than we think we can stand

we struggle from birth
to be released again
into freedom
to soar again in spirit

yet we are bound
to life here on earth

until we surrender to love

for it is then that we come to know
the true gift of life
feeling all that limbs and breath
basking in the sun and letting go
into the wind of peace and tranquility
feeling love lifting us into the heart
of God
with all the memories we have made
and treasures we have left along the way
not lost but kept forever safe

the path of life is suffering
but suffering is not really suffering
at all
it is knowing life lived one precious moment at a time

by blind faith alone
seeing only through the light of our own heart
we pray to understand
for what purpose we were born at all

to love and be loved
as we are
beheld softly in the eyes
and hands
of God
and one another


we are never alone

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“love is what we are.”-Owen Joseph/Shannan Suzzette

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choosing Love.

“when we really choose Love the rest just seems silly.” -Owen Joseph/Shannan Suzzette

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“doing…being…Beauty is Living in Forever Love”

“in our rush “to do” we forget “to be”… what can be a more important task than caring for the soul? when we “care” for the land, the people, the animals in our “doing” we must be “present in the moment.” we must be “in soul” but when we “do” without our complete “presence in the moment,” we leave our soul in doubt and slumber waking only to a shattering event, often a result of mindless “doing” that brings us swiftly back into the present moment. reality. all too often mindless doing results in loss of soul that fragments in pools of thunder scattered with the winds of time until we return to “care” about our “doing”. in caring we re-member the soul in the doing and integrate our actions with mind and heart in sync. when we are present in our “being” in life, love flourishes in the presence of our moments and those special deeply connected to “being” moments become beautiful heartfelt memories worth keeping forever. “being” present in our lives and make each day and extraordinary delight. give yourself a gift….of “being” present in your own life and all the “doing” will be effortless and meaningful. love and beauty are in our “being” present.”-Owen Joseph/Shannan Suzzette

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Bernie, as he prefers to be called, first wrote about miracles when he was a practicing surgeon and pioneered Exceptional Cancer Patients, a groundbreaking synthesis of group, individual, dream, and art therapy that provided patients with a “carefrontation.” His safe and loving approach facilitated patients’ awareness of their own physical, spiritual, and psychological healing potential. Compiled during his more than thirty years of practice, speaking, and teaching, the stories here are riveting, warm, and belief-expanding. Their subjects include a girl whose baby brother helped her overcome anorexia, a woman whose cancer helped her heal by teaching her to stand up for herself, and even a family who were saved from a burning house by bats. Without diminishing the reality of pain and hardship, they show real people turning crisis into blessing by responding to adversity in ways that empower and heal. Their stories offer readers the same opportunity.

For many, Dr. Bernard Siegel—or Bernie, as he prefers to be called—needs no introduction. He has touched many lives all over the Planet. In 1978, he reached a national and then international audience when he began talking about patient empowerment and the choice to live fully and die in peace. As a physician who has cared for and counseled innumerable people whose mortality has been threatened by illness, Bernie embraces a philosophy of living and dying that stands at the forefront of the medical ethics and spiritual issues our Society grapples with today. In May 2011, Bernie was honored by the Watkins Review of London, England, as one of the Top 20 Spiritually Influential Living People on the Planet. He continues to break new ground in the field of healing, supporting changes in medical education to “humanize” medical practice.

Bernie was born in Brooklyn, NY, and attended Colgate University and Cornell University Medical College. He graduated with honors and holds membership in two scholastic honor societies, Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. He trained to become a surgeon at Yale New Haven Hospital, West Haven Veteran’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. In 1989, Bernie retired from Yale as an Assistant Clinical Professor of General and Pediatric Surgery to speak to patients, their families and caregivers.

In his latest book, his 12th, published in September 2011, entitled A BOOK OF MIRACLES—Inspiring True Stories of Healing, Gratitude, and Love, Bernie is described in the Foreword written by Deepak Chopra who tells us “Bernie Siegel began his writing career twenty-five years ago, and from the outset he didn’t shy away from miracles. The title of his first book—LOVE, MEDICINE & MIRACLES (1986)—flaunted his disagreement with mainstream medicine. An MD who advised more love as a path to healing would have been in enough trouble. Opening the possibility of miracles was grounds for dismissal. In his new book, Bernie reaffirms his original beliefs, and with a lifetime’s wisdom and experience, he trusts in miracles more than ever.”

Bernie’s writings in the 12 books he has published so far reflect his passion to reach people struggling with all of life’s challenges—not just the physical ones—so that each person can live life fully with the understanding that, as Bernie reminds us, “We only have today.” Believing that we are all here to love one another, Bernie has crafted eternal truths and the timeless wisdom of the ages into his reflections on the true stories of his patients in much of his work. But he has also produced wonderful resources for everyone like 365 Prescriptions for the Soul (Daily Messages of Inspiration, Hope, and Love), and 101 Exercises for the Soul (A Divine Workout Plan for Body, Mind, and Spirit). Bernie’s books also include those like Love, Magic & Mudpies, a great resource for parents and delightful, loving stories like Buddy’s Candle to help children of all ages cope with the loss of a loved one, be it a pet or parent. Reflecting on his work so far, Bernie quotes Woody Allen who once said, “If I had one wish it would be to be somebody else.” Bernie’s wish was to be a few inches taller, and can say now that he is a few inches taller because his work has been such a growth experience.

In 1978, nearly a decade before retirement, Bernie launched ECaP—Exceptional Cancer Patients, in which he and his wife and co-worker, Bobbie, remain active today. ECaP is a therapeutic approach Bernie calls Carefrontation that helps patients interpret their drawings, dreams and images to express their feelings about the healing process. The physical, spiritual, and psychological benefits that emerge strengthen the immune system, a direct response to the power of the Mind-Body Connection about which Bernie has written and spoken extensively. He is currently working on other books with the goal of empowering patients and teaching survival behavior to enhance immune system competency. Bernie believes that in the next decade, the roles of consciousness, spirituality, non-local healing, body memory, and heart energy will all be explored more intensively as scientific subjects.

All along the way, Bernie’s wife, Barbara H. Siegel—or Bobbie—has been a mainstay at workshops on helping patients interpret their drawings and especially, with a talent for very funny one-liners, at workshops on the healing power of humor. Bobbie, a graduate of Oswego State Teachers College with a BS in Early Childhood Education, credits her academic work as the preparation she needed to educate and train Bernie. On his part, Bernie does say that her guidance has helped him become the person he is today. Bobbie and Bernie raised five children together and now, as then, live in a home full of children’s things (for their eight grandchildren), pets, and especially love.

Read Bernie’s regular blog posts on his website where you will also find his books, articles, and CDs: http://www.berniesiegelmd.com.

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“only when we are willing to dive deep do we ever find any real treasures.” -o shannan suzzette

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