the story behind the story of writing jdm

On this 3rd anniversary of my writing/editing/self-publishing my book, “Journey of a Dream Master: The Dream Masters – Book 1” and the 53rd anniversary of my birth, I thought I’d share some of my thoughts and insights as most have no idea about any of this because its never been shared until now. I tend to never ask for help and feel “the show must go on” so I usually struggle and persevere in silence as not to be a burden to anyone. I went from 2013 “permanently disabled” to writing, editing and publishing my first book in the trilogy on January 17, 2016. Not too shabby!

 

There is a very good reason for the way my book was written – including the errors. Between the severe brain injury, resulting migraines and massive doses of heavy medications (including Dilaudid), my official trial deposition in late 2012 reflects what my life had become as it was incoherent, full of unfinished sentences, blanks, and complete whiteouts where I lost my train of thought and couldn’t talk or think straight (my brain was really scrambled & heavily drugged).

 

Between October 2008 thru 2014, I spent the majority of my time in hospitals, emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, working with traditional medicine men and women all over the world. I couldn’t always work, drive or do many things I used to take for granted. In 2012, I couldn’t finish basic sentences little lone compose stories for a book! I still struggle but have healed far beyond their expectations. (I truly love proving the White Coats wrong!)

 

So, today while reflecting on my birthday and my hopes for this next year, I thought I’d share some background as well as my top 3 reasons for writing my book trilogy:

 

1.) STORYTELLING
Humans are storytellers who have always loved sharing stories and I’m no exception. I am and always have been a storyteller who enjoys sharing my stories with all who are interested.

 

2.) TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE
I set out to write authentically about my life, my truths, experiences, pose some of my many random questions and ideas. The few editors and publishers I initially consulted and shared some of my content with all wanted me to change vital elements and delete certain stories because of their B.S. (Belief Systems). They’re uninitiated in the supernatural / metaphysical / mystical / paranormal / whatever-you-want-to-call-it. They couldn’t understand or accept certain things. I don’t judge them as they’re on their own journeys. I’m on my “Journey of a Dream Master” and they’re on their “Journey of an Editor (or whatever)”. I was not willing to downplay my life or sacrifice my integrity because of someone else’s limited beliefs and inexperience. I was going to write it my way or not at all – spelling and grammar be damned! So that is exactly what I did.

 

3.) TO PROVE ONLY TO MYSELF THAT I COULD
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I did not believe ANYONE would ever buy or read my book. Seriously, why in the world would anyone care about me and my experiences? I wrote it only for myself to prove I could and to leave some record of my little life. Then I made it available just in case anyone else wanted or needed to read what’s in it. All the wonderful reviews, fan photos, interviews and private messages have just been…beyond words. Firstly, it was surprising, then utterly amazing, humbling, and extremely gratifying. Thank you all!!!

 

SOME RELEVANT BACKGROUND:
Several “medical experts/specialists” mutually agreed (after a tremendously staggering amount of due diligence over a few years in a lawsuit) that I would be permanently disabled and never be able to do work as a paralegal or creative writer ever again. (Which is the same as telling me I can’t do something…which, of course, means I’m gonna do it.)

 

As a point of interest, I wanted to share just a few bits from one of those many doctors involved with my care after the accident. He and all the other doctors came to the same final conclusion at the end. Below is a small portion of his 79-page deposition. There is a lot more but this is enough to give you some small idea what I went (and still am going) through and how far I’ve come.

 

Q. Can you review for the jury what your exam consisted of and what your findings were.

 

A. Well, I noted that her blood pressure was 218 over 134 on that day, which is quite high. Her highest recorded blood pressure (on more than one occasion) was 229 over 196.

 

She had suffered a closed head injury followed by the development of post traumatic migraine which became severe, frequent, and disabling.

 

She also developed hypertensive urgency from autonomic dysfunction I felt resulting from her head trauma. And I thought this was the result of dysregulation of her bilateral orbital frontal cortex which is an area which promotes parasympathetic activity and inhibits sympathetic activity. This dysregulation causes a cortically provoked release of adrenomedullary catecholamines, epinephrine and norepinephrine.

 

What that essentially means is that there’s an area of the brain that I felt sustained trauma, and it’s called the orbital frontal cortex. It was a sufficient enough blow to cause a malfunction of that region of the brain. And it has dual action, that orbital frontal cortex; it promotes parasympathetic activity which tends to slow the heart rate and lower the blood pressure and inhibits sympathetic activity. And sympathetic activity, if you don’t inhibit it, causes an increased release of catecholamines which are substances like epinephrine and norepinephrine released by the adrenal gland, and causing surges in blood pressure.

 

The American Medical Association committee person has a certain percentage impairment rating, it’s based on certain criteria that are listed in the AMA Guides For Permanent Impairment. And the one that we use now is the AMA Guides To Permanent Impairment, Sixth Edition, which has been in use since January of 2008.

 

I felt that she had the maximum. Her headaches were so frequent, so disabling that she qualified for the maximum allowable impairment by the AMA Guides, Sixth Edition, for migraine headache which would have been 5 percent.

 

Q. Her diagnosis that you’ve made definitively is that she has migraines; right?

 

A. She does have migraines, yes. Migraines that are disabling. And it’s not just me. You know, Dr. #9 [NOTE: there were 12 doctors/specialists and they were simply numbered #1-12] had seen her as well, and he prepared a report, and found that her pain disability questionnaire score was 113 which places her, based on the AMA Guides To Permanent Impairment, Sixth Edition, placed her in the severe impairment due to migraine.

 

Q. I understand that you believe she may qualify for an additional impairment as well?

 

A. I do.

 

Q. Will Ms. Rhyne require future medical treatment as a result of the injuries she received?

 

A. Yes, she will – for the rest of her life.

 

Q. Do you believe that Ms. Rhyne has limitations related to her job as a result of the migraines?

 

A. Yes. Whenever she experiences a disabling migraine, she’s unable to function that day. In my medical and expert opinion, she is permanently disabled as a result of the accident and will, in all likelihood, never be able to resume working in her area of expertise which, to my understanding, is as a paralegal and creative writer.

 

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I’d become friends with my main cardiologist. Interestingly, after the lawsuit was completed (which I won!), on my last visit with him I thanked him for all his help, smiled, looked him square in the eye and told him in no uncertain terms (regarding me being permanently disabled), “Thank you for all you’ve done for me. I appreciate your help and opinion…but you do not know me and I am going to be just fine.” He really took it in and after a long pause said, “I believe you.”

 

I think the reason he believed me is because I was completely congruent with what I was saying; and, earlier during my final evaluation, he’d compared all the tests, scans, images, etc. that he had personally performed from start to finish.

 

Astonished, he told me my heart had become more than double the normal size (due to the extreme high blood pressure basically building up that muscle – it went from normal to being like an Arnold Schwarzenegger of hearts).

 

He basically said that hearts “do not return to normal without some signs/scars of the trauma” and mine had not only returned to “normal” but there was no indication whatsoever of any trauma. He was completely baffled and said that if he hadn’t done all the tests himself and kept his records there at his office, he would swear someone has switched the results because it looks like 2 completely different people. So, as soon as I published my book, I made sure he knew so he could see what other “impossible” things I like to play with.

 

Geeze, this turned into a book itself rather than a brief birthday post! I just wanted to share the importance and significance of what my little book means in my continuing Journey of a Dream Master. Thank you for all the love. Thank you for buying, reading, reviewing my book as well as sharing your photos and stories with me. I’m looking forward to publishing and producing more of my projects as well as looking forward to getting out more and seeing more of you all this year!! Love, Laughter & Light ~ Lisa

“I wrote this on January 17, 2019 on the 3rd anniversary of publishing JDM to share part of the journey to getting the book written and published. I had to self-publish because every publisher and editor I spoke with couldn’t believe the stories and wanted me to heavily edit all the “supernatural stuff” out. These are TRUE stories. So I simply published it myself rather than try to make them comfortable. Their limitations are not my concern.”

lisa rhyne

Founder of The Dream Masters

The Current Global Epidemic of Soul Loss

Now more than ever, humanity is suffering a level of Soul Loss that is virtually unprecedented. What some label as PTSD (and other things like depression, apathy, addictions, etc.), is actually soul loss. Humanity is suffering soul loss on individual, family, community, national and global levels. It is a true epidemic. Many believe and fear we are approaching a tipping point where once critical mass is hit…there’ll be no going back.

Many have no idea what the term “soul loss” actually means. The article below beautifully and simply describes it. Here is one quick example. Have you ever heard of someone who was in a really bad car accident and they say that all they remember is when the accident started and then they woke up in the hospital? They don’t remember any details of the accident. And after this accident, they’ve never quite been the same. It could be dramatic or subtle but something is “off” and they can’t put their finger on it. That is a soul loss event. It is actually a protection mechanism that sometimes corrects on its own but many times requires intervention. 

Symptoms of Soul Loss:

Soul loss is easily recognizable if you know what you’re looking for. Here’s a checklist of some of the classic symptoms:

• feelings of being fragmented, of not being all here. 

• blocked memory–an inability to remember parts of one’s life. 

• an inability to feel love or receive love from another.

• emotional remoteness. 

• a sudden onset of apathy or listlessness. 

• a lack of initiative or enthusiasm. 

• a lack of joy. 

• a failure to thrive.

• an inability to make decisions. 

• an inability to discriminate.

• chronic negativity. 

• addictions. 

• suicidal tendencies. 

• melancholy or despair. 

• chronic depression.

One of my biggest concerns is that there are not enough authentic Shamanic practitioners who are initiated and specialize in soul retrieval. It is not something you can just take a workshop for then do. This specialty is of a higher calling and requires initiations that many have never experienced. 

Please beware when someone says they are a Shaman (as that’s your first clue to run in the opposite direction) and that they do soul retrievals. A word to the wise should be sufficient. If you would like referrals for people who do soul retrievals, you can contact me privately. I’ve written about Dr. Wesselman as well as my own Soul Loss and the Soul Retrieval that Jill Kuykendall did for me in my book,  JOURNEY OF A DREAM MASTER.

Below is a photo I took in Sonoma, California of Hank soaking up the mana of JDM with his wife Jill in the background. We were there doing an advanced Shamanic week of study with a small select group hand-picked by Dr. Hank and Jill.

Below is a link to an article about the three causes of spiritual illness including soul loss. There are also articles on Soul Loss and Soul Retrieval. Please read and watch the video(s). Dr. Hank Wesselman and his wife, Jill Kuykendall, have written much and their website is full of valuable information and incredible insights all free to those seeking the knowledge. I highly recommend their books and workshops. There are also YouTube videos of them that are very enlightening and fun. Their YouTube channel is: SharedWisdomCircle. 

Here is the link to Dr. Hank’s article:  Three Causes of Spiritual Illness by Dr. Hank Wesselman 

In Service, Love & Light ~ Lisa Rhyne

“Although the term “soul loss” is not familiar to most Westerners, examples of it are expressed daily in our language and descriptions of personal hardships. Media interviews and news reports include individuals’ comments such as “I lost a part of myself when that (trauma) happened” and “I have not been the same since.” When discussing soul loss with inquiring individuals, most everyone has a sense of having lost a “part” of themselves at some time in life, yet virtually no one has the awareness that the missing part(s) could be recovered. They can.”
~ Dr. Hank Wesselman

 

Lisa rhyne

Founder of The Dream Masters

 

 

 

 

 

 

modern warriors of the rainbow

I wrote this many years ago and published it in various places and am re-posting here. This is about human rights, evolution, ancient indigenous prophecies being fulfilled, and where we are heading. Have a read and see if it resonates. We’d love to hear from you. ~ Lisa

I have my own thoughts and interpretation of who the “Rainbow Warriors” are that is solely my own and I want to share it with you now.  I’ve included the story below from a woman I do not know but have emailed with her and included her info below to give proper credit. 

I do not believe that the reference to “rainbow warrior” has to do only with the color of skin. Some say it is the white, black, yellow, brown, etc. and all other tribes. Skin color could be a factor. However, I actually believe it is the modern day warriors who utilize the colors and image of the rainbow that are the true Rainbow Warriors spoken of in numerous prophecies.

Note that the colors of the rainbow and the rainbow symbol is now widely regarded as the international symbol of people who identify with primarily non-heterosexual orientations (currently commonly referred to sometimes as LGBTQ and variations of that initialism). However, I believe anyone who is interested in loving their fellow human beings is a Rainbow Warrior and it has nothing to do with sex, sexual preferences, what you wear or don’t wear, pray or don’t pray to, how you vote or anything else other than being a basically loving, descent, respectful and honorable human being.

So many people have fought long and hard for not only their own basic human rights to be respected and acknowledged but also for the rights of many if not all. They have a warrior way of life – whether that means strictly on a personal level all the way to dealing with politics religion, rights and every other aspect of individual life and society. In standing up for what is right for themselves they also shine a light on what is right and just for all equally.

Just as the rainbow incorporates and includes ALL of the visible light spectrum and does not exclude any one particular color, frequency, vibration. We as humankind must include all and exclude none. Everyone is unique, beautiful, equal, free and this human spirit that connects all of us is all that matters. Live and let live. Love and let love.

Know that the Rainbow Warriors are here now. They fight for all. I am happy, honored and humbled to consider myself one of the many Rainbow Warriors. As another personal note: I find it so strange, rude, idiotic as well as totally perverted, voyeuristic and just plain creepy that strangers are interested in and get themselves involved in what strangers are doing in the privacy of their own home with their families, jobs and lives – especially people’s sex lives. Let us all first focus on our own lives, take care of our own personal health, happiness, business and then focus on helping and loving everyone and everything. More on this in the next post.  In Love, Laughter and Light ~ Lisa Rhyne


Warriors of the Rainbow
by Lelanie Anderson

There was an old lady, from the “Cree” tribe, named “Eyes of Fire”, who prophesied that one day, because of the white mans’ or Yo-ne-gis’ greed, there would come a time, when the fish would die in the streams, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist.

There would come a time when the “keepers of the legend, stories, culture rituals, and myths, and all the Ancient Tribal Customs” would be needed to restore us to health. They would be mankind’s’ key to survival, they were the “Warriors of the Rainbow”. There would come a day of awakening when all the peoples of all the tribes would form a New World of Justice, Peace, Freedom and recognition of the Great Spirit.

The “Warriors of the Rainbow” would spread these messages and teach all peoples of the Earth or “Elohi”. They would teach them how to live the “Way of the Great Spirit”. They would tell them of how the world today has turned away from the Great Spirit and that is why our Earth is “Sick”.

The “Warriors of the Rainbow” would show the peoples that this “Ancient Being” (the Great Spirit), is full of love and understanding, and teach them how to make the “Earth or Elohi” beautiful again. These Warriors would give the people principles or rules to follow to make their path right with the world. These principles would be those of the Ancient Tribes. The Warriors of the Rainbow would teach the people of the ancient practices of Unity, Love and Understanding. They would teach of Harmony among people in all four comers of the Earth.

Like the Ancient Tribes, they would teach the peoples how to pray to the Great Spirit with love that flows like the beautiful mountain stream, and flows along the path to the ocean of life. Once again, they would be able to feel joy in solitude and in councils. They would be free of petty jealousies and love all mankind as their brothers, regardless of color, race or religion. They would feel happiness enter their hearts, and become as one with the entire human race.

Their hearts would be pure and radiate warmth, understanding and respect for all mankind, Nature, and the Great Spirit. They would once again fill their minds, hearts, souls, and deeds with the purest of thoughts. They would seek the beauty of the Master of Life – the Great Spirit! They would find strength and beauty in prayer and the solitudes of life.

Their children would once again be able to run free and enjoy the treasures of Nature and Mother Earth. Free from the fears of toxins and destruction, wrought by the Yo-ne-gi and his practices of greed. The rivers would again run clear, the forests be abundant and beautiful, the animals and birds would be replenished. The powers of the plants and animals would again be respected and conservation of all that is beautiful would become a way of life. The poor, sick and needy would be cared for by their brothers and sisters of the Earth. These practices would again become a part of their daily lives.

The leaders of the people would be chosen in the old way – not by their political party, or who could speak the loudest, boast the most, or by name calling or mudslinging, but by those whose actions spoke the loudest. Those who demonstrated their love, wisdom, and courage and those who showed that they could and did work for the good of all, would be chosen as the leaders or Chiefs. They would be chosen by their “quality” and not the amount of money they had obtained. Like the thoughtful and devoted “Ancient Chiefs”, they would understand the people with love, and see that their young were educated with the love and wisdom of their surroundings. They would show them that miracles can be accomplished to heal this world of its ills, and restore it to health and beauty.

The tasks of these “Warriors of the Rainbow” are many and great. There will be terrifying mountains of ignorance to conquer and they shall find prejudice and hatred. They must be dedicated, unwavering in their strength, and strong of heart. They will find willing hearts and minds that will follow them on this road of returning “Mother Earth” to beauty and plenty – once more.

The day will come, it is not far away. The day that we shall see how we owe our very existence to the people of all tribes that have maintained their culture and heritage. Those that have kept the rituals, stories, legends, and myths alive. It will be with this knowledge, the knowledge that they have preserved, that we shall once again return to “harmony” with Nature, Mother Earth, and mankind. It will be with this knowledge that we shall find our “Key to our Survival”.

This is the story of the “Warriors of the Rainbow” and this is my reason for protecting the culture, heritage, and knowledge of my ancestors. I know that the day “Eyes of Fire” spoke of – will come! I want my children and grandchildren to be prepared to accept this task. The task of being one of the……..”Warriors of the Rainbow”.

SOURCE: angelfire.com/ok/TheCherokeeLady/warriorsrainbow.html

The tasks of these “Warriors of the Rainbow” are many and great. There will be terrifying mountains of ignorance to conquer and they shall find prejudice and hatred. They must be dedicated, unwavering in their strength, and strong of heart.

Lisa Rhyne

Founder of The Dream Masters