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Strategies for the Overwhelmed

Many of us are feeling overwhelmed these days just trying stay on top of everything. As winter ever-so-slowly melts into spring, propelling us into a warmer, more physically active time of year, the backdrop of escalating violence in several parts of the world and unsettling events on the domestic front can contribute to an overall increase level of stress.

Here at Monroe Products we know what that feels like! We have so much going on with the development of new initiatives and products, along with our everyday tasks and personal responsibilities, that we sometimes find ourselves feeling tense and overwhelmed.

If allowed to overtake us this can be paralyzing, causing us to internalize the stress. The seemingly-harmless agitation and downright foul moods we may be experiencing can begin to manifest in our bodies, resulting in headaches, illness, muscle aches and pain, undermining our physical wellness as well as our overall sense of well-being.

While we know many different tools and techniques to help manage stress—taking deep breaths, counting to ten, spending a few minutes in meditation, etc. —we sometimes don’t realize just how stressed we are until one or more of these outward expressions appear. The key is to stay one step ahead of the stress, in a state of awareness that allows us to manage it before it manages us.

We at Monroe Products find listening to some of the Metamusic® titles, such as Angel Paradise, Himalayan Soul or one of our new favorites, Heaven and Earth with Hemi-Sync® , during our work day can help. Some of us can also be found during our lunch hour listening to Catnapper, Deep 10 Relaxation or Guide to Serenity, among others. When coupled with a brisk walk, spending a few minutes laughing and joking, or simply just sitting and being, we are able to function in a much more healthy and product manner.

Now. Take a deep breath, count to ten, blow the air out as if blowing out a candle, and relax….

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Adventure into the Self

by Carolyn M. Ball, MA, LPC

An adventure into the self: What is that? What would be the results of such a journey? How would it affect your life?

The Self is our core. It exists within us, and is more central to who we are than our personality, our appearance, our occupation, our health, or our relationships. The Self is more real than all of our achievements, all of our suffering, and all of the other things with which we identify and become consumed. It exists as a safe and solid place at the base of all that goes on in our lives.

When we focus our awareness on the Self, this core of who we are, we discover our true nature, separate from and greater than anything and everything that we are manifesting externally in our lives. To discover the Self is to discover the haven that has always been there, even when we have been distracted with all of the events and activities of life. When we give our attention to that core, we are living our lives connected to our vital essence. When we experience the Self, personality issues lose their power, for we perceive our lives from the perspective that we are unconditionally acceptable, lovable, and perfect.

What’s interesting is that our Self is perhaps the greatest resource we have or could imagine. It is closer than our next breath, yet we have become so culturally attuned to seeking resources outside of ourselves, that we often would not even consider an internal resource.

When we are confused, scared, feeling lonely, thinking of ourselves as unsuccessful, wondering which way to turn, not sure of how to make a decision, or otherwise caught in our external world, we tend to seek out experts, someone else whom we may deem to know more about us than ourselves. We often count on therapists, doctors, educators, lawyers, and spiritual leaders to tell us the “truth,” the “right way” to create in our lives. While these resources can offer support, they cannot and should not replace the inner wisdom and knowing we each have. The Self can also better handle what we cannot handle with any one of a number of externally oriented solutions or addictions—TV and computers, substances (from chocolate to cocaine), shopping, being a workaholic, eating, etc. Unfortunately, each of these may take us further and further from the Self—not closer.

So how do we discover this illusive Self, this aspect of ourselves that is ever present and constantly supportive, but to which we may actually have no conscious relationship at all?

The answer lies in being willing to be who we are. The simplicity of it is absolutely stunning. While we all tend to get caught in the physical world–the world outside of our core–still, our greatest access to everything we can imagine lies inside of us, not outside.

Can you imagine a world where everyone could first tap their inner resource and be more guided out of a sense of self-respect and inner knowing, before they turned to physical or material solutions? Can you imagine it being standard procedure for each person to attune to the Self to find a sense of balance and self-love before relating to other people? Wouldn’t that create an interesting culture!

But, admittedly, sometimes it is hard to find that core, that place of safety in the midst of any storm. How can you possibly find the quiet of the eye of the hurricane when you’re too busy battening down all the hatches and scurrying for safety?

The trick is to remember where the source actually is–inside. Then, it is simply a matter of attuning to that place. But HOW? It sounds so darn simple, and yet, it can remain frustratingly illusive!

Here are some suggestions that will help you discover the Self and utilize the greatest resource you can imagine, which resides in your own being:

1. Become the observer of your own system. Watch your thoughts, watch your emotions, watch your reactions to events and people in your life. Learn how to hold a little part of you apart from engaging, a part that is able to just see yourself objectively–not judge, but only notice. You might want to set aside a certain amount of time each day to practice this; soon it will become a habit.

2. Remember your dreams and greatest aspirations. Connect to your own greatest visions of your magnificence. Imagine and visualize yourself in all of your fullness. See yourself fulfilled, doing what you most love, regardless of what anyone else might think or judge. Know that you are a unique expression of humanness on this planet. Honor and enjoy this about yourself.

3. When hurts and pains find their way into your life, train yourself to do the opposite of your normal inclination, which is probably to try to avoid anything unpleasant. Instead, dive to the core of what you would resist. Allow yourself to feel completely that which you would avoid. Let yourself experience it and hear the message it has for you. Immerse in feeling of the pain rather than trying to avoid it–until it dissolves. People often think that avoiding something will make it go away, but generally the opposite is true: it becomes imbedded within us due to our resistance to it. The real way to make something go away is to give it our attention fully until it reaches resolution, which can happen very quickly.

4. Take a little time each day to connect to the Self, to that internal source. A good way to do this is to watch your thoughts. Keep watching them for a while, and then start tracking them back to who is thinking those thoughts. Who is thinking these thoughts? Put your focus now, on the source of the thoughts, and you will find the Self. Interestingly enough, when your awareness is focusing on the thinker, it cannot also think! In this silence, you will experience who you really are: The Self. Why not try it right now?

There are number of Hemi-Sync® titles to help you achieve more self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-knowledge.

Published courtesy of carolynmball.com.

Carolyn Ball has been a leader in human growth and transformation for the past 25 years. A counselor since 1987, she lives and has a private practice in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she is a Licensed Professional Counselor and corporate trainer. Ms. Ball is the author of three books: Claiming Your Self-Esteem: A Guide Out of Codependency, Addictions, and Other Useless Habits; Blessing in Disguise;, and Meher Baba’s Next Wave. She has also co-developed two Hemi-Sync titles: Claiming Your Self ,and Emerging from Depression and Anxiety.

Heart Stone

“Only the heart knows the correct answer…”

February’s Valentine’s Day encourages a focus on the heart, generally in a lighthearted, romantic way. While we encourage celebrating your romantic relationships this month, we also encourage you to explore the role your heart plays in all areas of your life.

Much is written today about living a “heart-centered” life, perhaps as a response to the increasing complexity of living in today’s complicated, fast-paced world. A quick search of the internet elicits a variety of applications, such as heart-centered meditation, therapy, wellness, hypnotherapy, healing, as well as some more mundane ones, like heart-centered leadership organizations, preschools, and even equine services. It seems that any activity, large or small, complex or simple, can be approached from the heart’s point of view.

In exploring your own connection with your heart, Deepak Chopra offers this beautifully crafted observation:

“Only the heart knows the correct answer… most people think the heart is mushy and sentimental. But it’s not. The heart is intuitive…at times it may not even seem rational, but the heart has a computing ability that is far more accurate and far more precise than anything within the limits of rational thought…”

-Deepak Chopra

Woman Sleeping

Sleep, Beautiful Sleep

– Russ Mason, M.S.

 

If there is one thing I dearly love, it is a long delicious sleep with pleasant dreams. Trouble is, I don’t always get a long delicious sleep. More often than not it’s a bit of tossing and turning before I start to snooze. Fortunately I was able to find some solutions for myself and, in the process, came to a greater understanding about why I have trouble falling asleep.

 

But I am not alone. In fact, I’ve come to understand that I am one of the lucky ones, because I don’t have a lot of stress in my life. But of course others do, and stress not only prevents a good night’s sleep, chronic stress can contribute to a variety of heath problems. Stress is really a catchall term which usually implies one or more negative emotional states, such as dread, fear, worry, anxiety and doubt. It’s hard to sleep with any of the above; and, depending on the severity, it could be impossible.

 

Most of us don’t suffer debilitating stress to the above degree, but there are other factors that can prevent us from getting a good night’s sleep.  In 2011, a Sleep in America® poll recently released by the National Sleep Foundation finds pervasive use of communications technology in the hour before bed. Many people watch TV or use the computer the hour before bedtime, and this can disrupt the ability to fall asleep. Cell phones and texting have also been shown to be sleep-disruptive, especially in the hour before bedtime.

 

“Unfortunately cell phones and computers, which make our lives more productive and enjoyable, may also be abused to the point that they contribute to getting less sleep at night leaving millions of Americans functioning poorly the next day,” says Russell Rosenberg, Ph.D., Vice Chairman of the National Sleep Foundation.

 

The Sleep in America poll also found that 43% of Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 report that they rarely—or never—get a good night’s sleep on weeknights.  60% say they experience a sleep problem every night or almost every night; i.e., snoring, waking in the night, waking up too early, or feeling un-refreshed in the morning.

 

Despite the fact that most people have trouble falling asleep, there are some excellent and effective remedies. The first is simple. Turn off the computer, cell phone, WiFi and television at least an hour before you plan to go to sleep. This will give your brain a chance to wind down. 

 

Many people drink alcohol as a sleep aid, and it can be effective. Trouble is the sleep patterns will be disrupted and you will not be able to get good, deep restorative sleep. You may wake up groggy, hung-over, or with ‘brain fog;’ so drinking alcohol before bedtime is not wise.

 

Fortunately, there are many excellent sleep aids and they can greatly assist your getting drowsy.  

 

A popular amino acid, l-tryptophan, has reportedly been used with great success; 500-1,000mg taken a half-hour before bedtime may help you fall asleep. (Many people fall asleep on the couch after Thanksgiving dinner. This is because there are high quantities of l-tryptophan in turkey).

 

Another popular sleep remedy is melatonin. Your brain produces this naturally in no-light or low-light situations, but 3mg can often help bring on a good night’s sleep. The herb valerian can also be very effective, as well as drinking chamomile tea (six tea-bags, not one).

 

If your mind is racing and you need to quiet it, saying a familiar prayer over and over often helps. If your mind wanders, coax it back into the prayer. Sometimes I do this, while picturing myself sitting in the church I attended as a boy. This usually works for me, because there is a level of comfort with the prayer and an image of a familiar setting.

 

Playing soothing music at bedtime can be very helpful for relaxation in preparation for sleep. Monroe Products has a variety of patented CDs (and digital downloads) which stimulate Delta waves in the brain, which can help you fall asleep. Some of the titles are:  Deep 10 Relaxation, Super Sleep, Timeless, and Sleeping Through the Rain. I have several of these and I often play one of them at bedtime. (Click here for a complete list of all sleep enhancement titles.)

 

As you know, getting a good night’s sleep is essential for good health. I wish you a great night’s sleep tonight and, as they say, pleasant dreams.

 

 

©2012 Monroe Products. All rights reserved.

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Tips for Well-being

Well-being is a complex combination of a person’s physical, mental, emotional and social health. Well-being is strongly linked to happiness and life satisfaction, to quality of life. In short, how you feel about yourself and your life.

Every facet of your life influences well-being. Researchers have found many factors enhance a person’s well-being, such as close, intimate relationships; diet, exercise and sufficient sleep; self-esteem and a positive outlook; a career you enjoy; having sufficient money; spiritual beliefs and a sense of purpose and belonging; time for leisure pursuits; and setting realistic goals while being adaptable to change.

There are many approaches and modalities available for improving any one of these facets. A good place to start is to determine where you feel you need improvement, and look for tools and/or people to assist you in addressing those areas. If you feel you have more than one, (and most of us do!), don’t try to tackle them together—work with one at a time, don’t overwhelm yourself. Focusing on one facet will allow you to feel a sense of accomplishment.

If you aren’t sure where to start, try a mindfulness meditation—an ancient practice of paying attention to the moment. By sitting quietly with your attention focused on what is present for you right now without judgment, you may let go of both the past and future. Focus on your breath with your awareness on the air moving in and out of your body. Feel the rise and fall of your chest and belly. Notice that you do not have to “do” anything; the body breathes by itself, allowing you to be an observer.

As thoughts arise, don’t try to suppress them. Simply notice them. If you find yourself carried away by these thoughts—or caught in any of the emotion they may engender—return your focus to your breath. When you feel your time is at an end, open your eyes and pay attention to your physical surroundings.

Another idea is to be in a place of gratitude. An article in the peer-reviewed journal, Psychiatry MMC states, “…experiencing gratitude, thankfulness, and appreciation tends to foster positive feelings, which in turn, contribute to one’s overall sense of well-being.” Remember, there is always something to be grateful for.

There are many Hemi-Sync® exercises offering a variety of tools and techniques for enhanced well-being. Whatever facet— physical, mental, emotional or spiritual well-being —you choose, we wish you success in your pursuit of happiness, health and wholeness.

©2013 Monroe Products. All rights reserved.

Close-up hand of a sleeping girl.

Why do we Sleep?

Scientists know we spend a third of our lives sleeping—on average, a total of 25-26 years. But after decades of study, they still have no definitive answer as to WHY we sleep.

All living creatures sleep. The ways various species sleep is as unique as the creatures themselves: elephants and horses sleep standing up; leopards sleep on tree limbs without falling off; walruses float vertically in the water; giraffes can twist around to rest their heads on their backs or on the ground. Whales and dolphins fall half asleep—one hemisphere of their brains stays awake so they can rise to the surface and breathe at intervals.

And creatures need varying amounts of sleep. Giraffes need two hours or less. Cows do fine on four. Dolphins go for about 10 hours, but it’s believed that they don’t sleep at all their first year of life. And then there’s the hibernating bear, who nods off from September to April.

Yet we still don’t know why. There are several theories; some relating to evolution, physiological necessity, organic restoration, energy conservation. But while scientists may disagree on why we sleep, it’s perfectly clear that it’s a critical adjunct for overall health and well-being.

Not getting the recommended seven to eight hours a day can contribute to emotional and mental illness, as well as a nightmare of physical ailments: heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke, according to the medical community. And if that’s not scary enough, consider this: Investigators determined that sleep deprivation played a significant role in the Challenger space shuttle disaster, the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown, and the 1989 Exxon oil spill.

So get some rest! Hemi-Sync® can help. Check out our sleep titles to help you fall asleep, stay asleep, achieve deeper sleep, or grab a quick, restorative nap. You will be in good company.

© 2013 Monroe Products. All rights reserved.

Man, sunset and sea. Psychotherapy concept. Multiple exposure.

Positive effects of meditation may extend well beyond meditation sessions

While we know meditation can benefit us while we’re doing it, and for an amount of time after, recent studies indicate that regular meditation can bring about positive changes in the brain that help us deal with anxiety and stress long after the meditation sessions themselves are over. In the article below, published by the National Institute of Health, researchers used two types of meditation, visual imagery and brain-scanning equipment to draw their conclusions:

Results of a National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)-funded study suggest that 8 weeks of meditation may have an effect on brain function that persists even when someone is not meditating. Some differences in effect were seen between two types of meditation. Evidence from past research suggests that meditation can change how the brain responds to emotion, anxiety, depression, and stress. One question has been whether beneficial brain changes observed in people who meditate persist even when they are not meditating. The current study was published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

The participants, a subset of those enrolled in a larger meditation study, were 36 healthy adults aged 25 to 55 years with no previous meditation experience. Each was randomly assigned to one of three interventions and also received brain scanning with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The first intervention was a program of mindful-attention training, a practice intended to enhance mindful awareness of one’s internal state and outer environment. The second was a form of compassion meditation, which is intended to cultivate higher levels of compassion toward oneself and others. The third was an active control, a health education group. Each group met 2 hours weekly for 8 weeks. Meditation trainees were also asked to meditate about 20 minutes per day outside class.

Participants underwent brain fMRI once before the start of their training or education and once within three weeks of its end. In each session, they were scanned while they viewed a series of 108 images having various emotional content—either positive, neutral, or negative—and while they were not meditating. All images depicted human situations, with the negative ones depicting human suffering. Scanning results showed that, after training, the mindful-attention group showed decreased activation of the right amygdala (an almond-shaped structure deep in the brain that has a key role in emotion, memory, and attention) in response to all types of images. The compassion meditation group had a trend toward increased activation in response to negative images. The control group had no significant changes in the right amygdala.

Participants also completed questionnaires on depression and anxiety before and after their training. In the compassion meditation group only, increased amygdala activation correlated with decreased depression scores; therefore, the authors suggest that the lower depression score might be explained by an increased capacity for compassion after undergoing this training. The authors noted the need for further research in a larger study, in particular to examine the effects over time of meditation training on other parts of the brain involved in emotional and attentional processes.

Reference

Desbordes G, Negi LT, Pace TWW, et al. Effects of mindful-attention and compassion meditation training on amygdala response to emotional stimuli in an ordinary, non-meditative state. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. November 1, 2012. Epub ahead of print.

Robert Monroe

Growing Up with Bob Monroe – Part 1 (1952-1960)

by Maria Monroe Whitehead

Some of my fondest memories take place at our home, River Knoll, in Croton-on-the-Hudson, New York. I was four years old when we moved there. Our family then consisted of Daddy (Bob), Mother (Mary), sister Laurie, myself and our Siamese cat, Smokey. Our home was idyllic, replete with fields, woods and gardens overlooking the Croton River.

It was at one time a hunting lodge and was fort-like with its stone construction. There was a swimming pool that Daddy kept half full until Laurie and I became proficient swimmers. He commuted to the city by train, as many New Yorkers did, and Laurie and I looked forward to his coming home and jumping in with us. Bob, always on the cutting edge, even installed underwater speakers and colored lights that greatly enhanced pool parties by night.

We spent much time together as a family. It was a happy, optimistic time. My mother, once an actress and singer, was happy to have two daughters to raise. When Bob came home in the evening we all sat down to dinner at around 7:30, after Laurie and I had finished our homework. I remember many conversations about the importance of learning and being the best that we could be. We were encouraged to do well in school so that we could attend college.

My sister and I were among the first “guinea pigs” to experience Bob’s first sleep-learning tapes. As for their efficacy, well, we received excellent grades in school! One summer our learning project was to memorize the multiplication tables from 13 to 20. I also remember one Christmas when we received a huge Webster’s Dictionary with the assignment to learn five new words a day!

Although education was a large part of our lives, we actually had fun together. We engaged in the typical activities of mid-century families. We took road trips in our pink-and-white Chrysler Imperial (Mother’s choice) taking advantage of the bourgeoning Holiday Inn industry along the way.

With Bob as vice president of Mutual Broadcasting Production Division, we were fortunate to acquire a color television when they first became available. It was an event to watch programs together, such as Walt Disney, Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Perry Como and Leave it to Beaver, to name a few. We had family picnics and went into the city for the theater and museums.

Music played a large part in our environment. My sister and I both played piano. Bob had engineered a “music wall” in our living room consisting of reel-to-reel players, amplifiers and turntables. Hidden speakers piped music throughout the house as well as outside. Because of a part-ownership of radio stations in North Carolina, demo records arrived weekly and we listened to Christian, classical, pop, Latin American, opera and jazz.

With two exuberant and adoring little girls in tow, Bob needed his quiet time. Whenever possible he would retreat to his “cabin in the woods” for several hours. We knew not to disturb him there. It was a cozy one-room cottage with a bed, sofa, chairs and desk with typewriter. Here he would regroup and work on his many compositions, both musical and literary.

These times were a bit troubling for Daddy, as he was just beginning to have his out-of-body experiences, and they frightened him as referenced in his book Journeys Out Of The Body. I became aware of this much later. In retrospect, I can only remember consistency and normalcy. My life with Bob was filled with love, encouragement and support.

Robert Monroe

Gliding Adventures – Growing up with Bob Part 2

by Maria Monroe Whitehead

Wurtsboro, New York

Among his many interests, gliding was a beloved pastime for Bob Monroe. He was an accredited pilot, and would often escape to Wurtsboro Airport with my sister and me for an afternoon of sailing through the air in an engine-less plane.

The first known owner and operator of the Wurtsboro Airport was Lee Lord, who gave flying lessons in the 1920-30s. The airport was later bought by Anthony Barone Sr. and his wife, Theresa, in the 1940s, who kept it a family business for many years. Many private clients from New York City, including the late Christopher Reeve, used to fly gliders out of the airport.

I remember my first time in the glider as if it were yesterday. I was scared! At only eight years old, I couldn’t imagine how a plane could fly without an engine. Laurie, my ever-brave little sister, was undaunted at the prospect. Yet Mother had allowed us to go, and with complete and utter trust in Daddy.

I climbed into the plane and settled into the passenger seat with Laurie next to me. We were both tiny and weighed under the limit, so we were both strapped in as one. Bob then got into the pilot seat and buckled up. We were then attached to the tow plane with a heavy chain.

The next thing I knew, we were moving slowly onto the runway. We were jostled around a bit, as it was bumpy…but then in an instant we were airborne. As our altitude increased, I was in awe of the view. Beautiful autumn colors covered the mountains and fields below. I was enthralled.

Then it dawned on me. This was how it was done…The glider did not have an engine, but the tow plane did. That is how we stayed up in the air.

At that very moment of revelation, the tow plane released the glider, and we must have plummeted one hundred feet. “Daddy!” I cried as the plane eventually settled into a steady glide. “We’re fine, kids,” Bob said, as we passed through glistening white clouds and brilliant patches of blue.

“Do you see how peaceful and quiet it is up here?” I did. The fear left as abruptly as it came. I didn’t care if we ever landed. Eventually we floated downward and landed gently. Bob used to say he could land safely in a tree.

We went back occasionally for cookouts with the Barone family and other gliding patrons on weekends. Good times and happy memories…

Glider Meet

Robert Monroe

The Lady – Growing up with Bob Monroe, Part 3

by Maria Monroe Whitehead

“I lay there in semidarkness and looked through the floor to ceiling windows at the night sky. Without willing it, I felt the familiar vibrations begin…I was just in the act of lifting out of the physical when I noticed something at the doorway. It was a white form the general size and shape of a person. The white form moved into the room…and passed within a foot of my side of the bed as it went into the bathroom. I could see that it was a woman of medium height, with dark straight hair and rather deep set eyes, not young, not old. She was in the bathroom only a few moments, then emerged and started around the bed again. I sat up-non-physically, I’m sure- and reached out to touch her, to see if I could. Seeing the motion, she stopped and looked at me. When she spoke, I could hear her quite clearly. I could see the windows and drapes behind her and through her. “What are you going to do about the painting?” It was a woman’s voice and I could see her lips move. Not knowing what to say, I tried to give a satisfactory answer. I said I would take care of it, don’t worry. With this she smiled slightly. Then she reached out with both her hands and took my hand in hers. The hands felt real, normally warm and alive. She gave my hand a little squeeze, gently dropped it and moved around the bed and out the door.” —Journeys Out Of the Body by Robert A. Monroe

In anticipation of a move to Virginia, we sold our home when an interested buyer came along. We rented a house for a year prior to our move. It was built on a pinnacle of rock overlooking the Croton River. The home was originally the Nikko Inn, built in 1907 by real estate developer Clifford Harmon as part of a plan to bring professional theater and film stars from New York City. It was a rustic Japanese teahouse and later a speakeasy. The house had a lot of history!

I can remember Bob buying a little jon boat with a 7.5 horsepower Mercury motor, and we would explore the river and small creeks. I felt quite grown up in the freedom of turning the power to full speed and cruising up and down the water with the wind blowing through my hair! I was all of 12 years old. Being a responsible 12-year-old, I had reached a rite of passage. It was determined that my sister, Laurie, and I would no longer need a babysitter when the parents went out for an evening. They often took the train into New York City on Saturday nights.

I can remember quite clearly one such evening. Laurie and I had watched our usual Saturday night shows; My Three Sons, with Fred Mac Murray, and Gunsmoke, with James Arness. This was circa 1960. We went up to bed, and I was almost asleep when I felt someone or something sit at the foot of my bed. Thinking that Laurie had snuck out of her bed and pounced on mine to scare me, I reached for the lamp, ready to blast her. When light flooded the room, I saw my sweet sister sound asleep in her bed, and a depression in the bedding at the foot of mine! Slowly, as if someone was rising, the surface rebounded. I can remember feeling cold but not really frightened. My cat was next to me, observing, but did not seem alarmed.

I recanted this event to Bob the next morning at breakfast. He chuckled in his usual way and told me about his experience referenced above. I believe this was the same lady and that she was just checking in on us during our parent’s absence. I always felt safe after that when we were alone in the house.


Nikko Inn circa 1907