Monthly Archives: May 2014

Lie #3: There is no devil.

The devil, Satan, the father of lies, the adversary, author of all evil, whatever you want to call him—is proof that there is opposition that exists in the world.

I don’t want to spend too much time on this one, but I think it’s important to bring out, only because there are people that want to perpetuate the lie that there is no devil. Where did this lie come from? Well, the devil, of course. If you read the scriptures, you know this is false. The Book of Mormon says, “others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none—and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance.” (2 Nephi 28:22) People don’t like to talk about him, and I get it. I don’t either. James Faust has said, “It is not good practice to become intrigued by Satan and his mysteries. No good can come from getting close to evil.” (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1987/10/the-great-imitator?lang=eng. I recommend this article, by the way. It’s excellent.)

All I feel the need to do is tell the truth, which is this: there is a devil, and he has an agenda. That agenda is to deceive and control and ultimately own you. We need to know that this is a reality so that we can be in control of the situation.

Robert Hales, another apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said this: “Although the devil laughs, his power is limited. Some may remember the old adage: ‘The devil made me do it.’ …I want to convey, in absolutely certain terms, that the adversary cannot make us do anything. He does lie at our door, as the scriptures say, and he follows us each day. Every time we go out, every decision we make, we are either choosing to move in his direction or in the direction of our Savior. But the adversary must depart if we tell him to depart. He cannot influence us unless we allow him to do so, and he knows that! The only time he can affect our minds and bodies—our very spirits—is when we allow him to do so. In other words, we do not have to succumb to his enticements!”

I think the best method of approach on this topic is to realize the devil is real and to be aware of him. If you are trying to do good, trying to change, trying to learn, he will be there to get in your way, to dissuade you to do otherwise. Make no mistake, he will try. But if you are aware and you are diligent, he will fail.

So here are some ways, from my experience, that you may unwittingly invite the spirit of the devil into your life:

  • consciously make a wrong choice, or avoid making a right one (this includes wasting valuable time, not having priorities in order, letting your attention being diverted by things that don’t really matter)
  • view or read entertainment that invites the wrong spirit (especially those that have excessive violent or sexual content or that are blatantly evil, like horror movies)
  • inviting or participating in contention
  • perpetuating negativity—negative thoughts, especially—he thrives on those

And, from my experience, the following can offer protection against the power of the adversary:

  • viewing or reading positive material, especially that which invites the Spirit of the Lord, like scriptures and sacred music (however, any material that is positive and uplifting to the soul is better than its alternative)
  • serving others and seeking to be helpful and kind
  • being obedient to what we know we should do
  • if you’re LDS, attending the temple and “standing in holy places” is the best thing you can do to protect yourself

I used to be afraid of the devil and his angels. I used to think that if I was good they would target me more, so I stood still in fear. I even took some time off from being good, falsely believing that they would leave me alone if I acted like I was on their side. That really wasn’t the best plan. Once I began to study and learn and heal, I realized that while it’s true that the devil doubles his forces when you are trying to change, the Lord also doubles his. While I felt like I needed to protect myself, in essence, I was being protected all the time just by doing good. My friends, the devil’s power is limited. We allow what happens to us. Some of us might need to experience trials like Job from the Old Testament, but I think that’s rare. More often, we are in charge. And our goodness is more powerful than anything Satan can come up with. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

Realize that there is a devil. Accept that he wants to destroy you. But then believe that you are more powerful than he is.

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Lie #2: You are a victim

Lie #2 goes hand in hand with Lie #1. If you feel like you can’t change, it’s probably because you believe whatever is tormenting you or whatever you don’t like is someone else’s fault. We blame lots of people and situations—our parents, our upbringing, our ancestors for giving us these genes, our children or our spouse or our families for causing us to feel this way, our employer for not paying us what we’re worth, or people we don’t even know because they’re destroying our neighborhoods and communities or corrupting the government. Mostly we blame forces we cannot control, like God or the devil, because that’s really easy to do.

The truth is that it’s no one else’s fault. You and I are responsible for everything that happens in our lives. We are responsible for situations, our feelings, our behavior—everything. This may be hard to accept, but once you accept it, your life will change. Instead of living as a victim, you become free. You become empowered. You become in charge of your life and what happens to you, and if there’s anything you don’t like, you can change it. Carol Tuttle wrote what she called a universal truth: “Your beliefs create your experience.” In these posts I will quote a lot from her book Remembering Wholeness, because it changed my life and helped me to understand and implement that universal truth.

Author Jack Canfield wrote this: “You have to take the position that you have always had the power to make it different, to get it right, to produce the desired result. For whatever reason—ignorance, lack of awareness, fear, needing to be right, the need to feel safe—you chose not to exercise that power. Who knows why? It doesn’t matter. The past is the past. All that matters now is that from this point forward you choose—that’s right, it’s a choice—you chose to act as if (that’s all that’s required—to act as if) you are 100% responsible for everything that does or doesn’t happen to you.” (For the rest of this really great article, click here.)

My LDS friends and others know that “A central part of our Father’s plan was that we would be free to choose. This gift is called agency, the power to choose. The companion of agency is always accountability. We are individually responsible for the choices we make.” Robert Hales, an apostle in the LDS church said: “We teach that agency is the ability and privilege God gives us to choose and “to act for [ourselves] and not to be acted upon.” Agency is to act with accountability and responsibility for our actions. Our agency is essential to the plan of salvation. With it we are “free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil.”

For many years I collected and stored a lot of pain which I believed was inflicted upon me by others. Specifically, I blamed a lot on my mother. I chose to be hurt and angered by her behavior towards me. I chose to be a victim so that I had someone to blame for my own behavior. I realize now how ineffective that pattern was, because all of that which I had collected and stored wasn’t helping me at all. The truth was that I could choose to be hurt, I could choose to be the target of my mother’s unreasonable and confusing behavior, or I could choose to seek understanding. I asked myself a question: what was it that I was doing to cause her to treat me in a way that I didn’t like? I choose now to be accountable for what I was doing to attract unkindness from her (not having healthy emotional boundaries, in case you were interested), and I also accept that I wasn’t always kind to her either. By taking responsibility for my own behavior, I am now allowing healing in my relationship with her. Things are getting better between us.

I don’t share this example with you to make you think I have it all figured out. I just know the truth, and that is that we are responsible for our thoughts and our behavior, and when something isn’t going the way we want it to go, what are we doing to attract that situation? Looking inward and accepting personal responsibility can make something different happen.

Take a look at your life. Is there a troubled relationship? Is there a dead-end job? Do you want something you’re not getting? Ask yourself what you are doing to attract what you don’t want. Be willing to accept that. Then choose to do something differently.

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Lie #1: You are stuck.

The first and most important lie I feel the need to expose is that you are stuck. People say this many different ways:

“I was born this way.”
“I can’t change. I’ve tried.”
“It’s in my genes. My mother and my grandmother were this way too.”

You may have heard all of these phrases too. You may have said them yourself. There was a time when I said similar things. But I have since learned the truth, and the truth is that you can change. You are not stuck. No one is stuck. Everyone has the choice to do something different. James Faust, an apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said this: “Each one of us has been given the power to change his or her life. As part of the Lord’s great plan of happiness, we have individual agency to make decisions.” (For the full article, click here.)

If you believe in Jesus Christ and in his Atonement, you already know this is possible and that he has made it possible. Quoting James Faust again: “If we will turn to the Lord and believe on His name, we can change. He will give us the power to change our lives, the power to put away bad thoughts and feelings from our hearts. We can be taken from ‘the darkest abyss’ to ‘behold the marvelous light of God’ (quoted from Book of Mormon, Mosiah 27:29). We can be forgiven. We can find peace.”

Religion aside, you can still make changes in your life, even about the things that seem impossible to change. Just believing that you can change, just saying that phrase out loud to yourself, empowers you with the possibility. Author Carol Tuttle has written in her book Remembering Wholeness, “Each of us has the freedom to choose perceptions of our life experiences and the world around us that support us in feeling good all the time. Each of us has the power to change how we feel instantly.”

The first thing you have the power to change are your thoughts. If you feel like you are stuck, what is it that you are saying to yourself? Are you giving yourself permission to change, or are the messages you are sending to yourself about being stuck and feeling helpless and powerless? Tell yourself that you can change, that change is possible, and it will be. It will open your mind to new possibilities.

“If you don’t like who you are and where you are, don’t worry about it because you’re not stuck either with who you are or where you are. You can grow. You can change. You can be more than you are.” (Zig Ziglar, author and motivational speaker)

Have the courage to believe that if you don’t like who you are, if you don’t like something about your life, you have the power to change it!

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Who I Am

Introduction

My name is Rochelle Morrow. I have been on a healing journey for the past couple of years. It has been amazing. The path of this journey has offered me many opportunities to learn new things. These opportunities have come through reading books, talking to people and feeling divine inspiration and direction. This blog is my attempt to share what I have learned with the people I love, and with the world, because I think there are a lot of people out there who need to know the truth.

The truth is that there are lies circulating out there in the world and many of us believe them, which is impeding our progression and affecting our health and happiness. This blog is my attempt to expose those lies so that we don’t have to believe them anymore and we can feel free to be who we really are.

What I offer you is who I am. I am an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a Mormon), but my views in this blog do not reflect the doctrine or beliefs of the LDS Church as a whole. Please do not make the mistake of assuming that what I believe is what all Mormons believe. If you want to know more about what Mormons or LDS people believe, please visit Mormon.org. What I write is not meant to be authoritative; I only speak from experience.

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. Because I am a Christian, please do not assume that I am intolerant of other beliefs and points of view. I am open and accepting of all truth, no matter where it comes from, because I believe that all truth comes from the same source.

I am a believer and promoter of energy medicine. Learning about energy has been the basis of my healing journey. There are lots of ways to practice energy medicine, and I support the way that works best for you. My emphasis here will not be how to heal and create a better life for yourself, but what you need to know in order to heal. I think that understanding the lies and realizing the truth is key to that healing.

I do not feel the need to be anonymous. I authored an anonymous blog for several years, hiding behind an identity that I didn’t feel could be exposed, but I am done with that. I will share who I am in these posts because I am not ashamed anymore. I hope you will support and encourage me, even if you disagree with me, because I will support and encourage you to be open to whatever your spirit needs you to know.