On Being Acknowledged

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Educator of the Year Award

At the June, 2018 American Society of Dowsers Convention held in New Paltz, New York, I was honored with the Educator of the Year Award.

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This is not the first time I have been given a National Award. I have five from hypnosis organizations (the list is here). And while I regularly teach at national and regional dowsing conferences, run Central Virginia Dowsers, monthly Dowsing Support Teleconference Calls, and have written 9 books and over 118 articles on hypnosis, dowsing, self help, mind-body healing, etc, NONETHELESS it means a great deal to be recognized, not just for me, but for anyone.

The importance of recognition

Being seen, heard, appreciated, publicly acknowledged for whatever contribution we make in life is one of the best gifts we can receive and give to another. Many people go through life feeling invisible, and that their work, loyalty, dependability, kindness and consideration, their going the ‘extra mile’ are taken for granted. That is devastating to the human spirit, causing resentment, bitterness, anger or great sadness. Worse, it causes people to sometimes give up instead of continuing to do their work. The world suffers then as a result.

It doesn’t matter if that work is Mom reliably making your meals, washing your clothes, getting you to school on time. Or it is someone that opens the store every day on time, comes and feeds your animals so you can go away, takes you to the airport, does favors large or small, or fills in the countless gaps where we need and count upon others to help us. Everyone needs to be acknowledged for what they do.

How wonderful if we each could notice and thank others – not just with a superfluous ‘thank you’, but by gripping of the person’s hands, looking them in the eyes, and really conveying genuine appreciation. Let them feel your heart. Being seen and heard and appreciated are vital to the human spirit. Indeed, it is vital for health and life itself. Feeling valued, feeling that we are important, and an integral part of the group is the glue that holds all meaningful relationships together — families, friendships, neighborhoods, communities, businesses, organizations and more. 

Recognition does not mean giving a trophy to every participant, or an award where there was no meaningful effort. Such plaques are empty, even insulting. But it does mean  acknowledging in appropriate ways for the degree of service that is provided or effort made. The best award is one in which others agree that ‘you deserved it’ and can celebrate with you for a job well done. Yet, even small acts of kindness, good manners or common civility should be acknowledged. Someone who has just opened the door for you deserves to be looked in the face when saying ‘thank you‘. Shake the hand of the person who has carried your groceries or loaded your car. Because…

Gratitude blesses the giver as well as the receiver. 

And as to the person who receives the acknowledgment, it is a testament to their rising to the occasion whether there was rain or snow, whether they were tired or having a bad day themselves, whether it was difficult or not. They showed up that day and the next, and the next, to do their part. They noticed a need and fulfilled it. They stepped up to the plate. Yet…

Each of us stands on the shoulders of those that have gone before.

Awards not only honor those that receive them, but to the countless others who taught , mentored or coached them in developing character, discipline, responsibility, skills and expertise, and most important, humanity.

Behind every successful person are dozens of others that helped them along the way.

There is a saying that ‘behind every successful man is a woman’. But in truth, each of us is the person we are today because of others teaching, guiding, inspiring, supporting, and believing in us. No one achieves anything on their own. And in thanking that person, you are also thanking their parents and elders, their teachers, their pastor, their supporters and heroes.

This awareness helps to balance the ego. Yes, the one recognized can be rightfully proud of their achievements and what it took to get there. They can and should honor their own personal dedication and decision to be of service in any way they could, large or small. And at the same time, they should turn around to thank those who made it possible.

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So, in addition to countless others who have helped me including my spiritual team, I want to thank my father, William Erwin Wackenhuth, for what I have achieved and the person I am still in process of becoming. He was a man who dropped out of high school at 16 to go to work as a draftsman. Yet he finished Newark’s Arts High School, then college at Newark College of Engineering and all but the final part of his Master’s Degree, all by going nights and walking miles each day just to save the trolley car fare.

He was a highly intelligent man, lifelong mechanical engineer, inventor, teacher at General Motors, ham radio operator, Sunday school teacher, devoted son, brother, husband and father. He was a Christian who lived by an examined (not blind) faith, and a man of enormous integrity, and dedication to his family. As many have said of him, ‘they broke the mold’ after he died. Yet, I see his legacy being passed on through my son. And I witness others who also were molded by men and women of strong character that are making an impact in their world. It is my hope that these traits become dominant in the American people once more.

 

Central Virginia Dowsers Newsletter, 5/4/18

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1. American Society of Dowsers, free Dowsing Support Teleconference Tuesday, 5/8, Dowsing Do’s & Don’t – Etiquette & Ethics”8 PM Eastern. 

2. Central Virginia Dowsers MEETING in Charlottesville, Sunday, May 13  from 1:15-4 PM.  “Creating & Using Your Own Dowsing Charts & Checklists”

3. RESOURCES for TELECONFERENCE:  “Dowsing Do’s & Don’ts”

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1. American Society of Dowsers hosts Dowsing Support & Continuing Education Teleconference, Tuesday, May 8, 8 PM Eastern.

The opening topic is Dowsing Do’s & Don’t – Etiquette & Ethics”This will be followed by addressing your questions on any area of dowsing. The panelists that include Sandi Isgro, Lee Ann Potter, and Roxanne Louise. 

Dial 641-715-0873 and then enter 335033# at the prompt.

As this topic is huge, it is suggested that you see links to related articles below #3.

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2. Central Virginia Dowsers MEETING in Charlottesville, Sunday, May 13  from 1:15-4 PM.  

LOCATION: Senior Center, 491 Hillsdale Drive at the corner of Greenbriar (Rt. 29 Northbound), Charlottesville VA 22901. 

Topic is Creating & Using Your Own Dowsing Charts & Checklists”. 

We will use a pendulum to work with a few prepared charts and checklists, but then make our own to problem solve on anything of personal interest. Bring a pendulum or borrow or buy one at the meeting. You can also use any pendant that has a point. The Meeting is Free and open to all, but if possible, let us know if you are coming.

May 13 is Mother’s Day. So if (jokingly) you should have any ‘mother’ or ‘mother-in-law’ issues, etc, you will learn a way to draw up dowsing charts and checklists to dowse on them.  We apologize for this date conflict but felt that we should keep the meetings to the 2nd Sunday of the month anyway.

FUTURE MEETINGS: Next meeting will be June 10, during which we will watch a dowsing video. No meetings in July or August, and then begin September 9, October 14, and November 11. No meeting in December.

At the end of our formal meeting, Nicolas Finck and Roxanne Louise will be available to answer questions on dowsing, or provide quick mini-instruction on how to use various dowsing tools.

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3. RESOURCES FOR TELECONFERENCE:  “Dowsing Do’s & Don’ts – Etiquette and Ethics”

As background information, check out 
  • Lee Ann Potter’s article, “When Is It Not Acceptable to Dowse” on page 6-7 of The American Dowser, Winter 2017/18. 

https://unlimitedpotentialhealingcenter.com/2016/02/02/dowsing-ethics-above-all-do-no-harm/

  • The American Society of Dowsers Code of Ethics and Preamble to the By-Laws at the back of each American Dowser Digest.

Central Virginia Dowsers Newsletter, 9/27/17

Not just local news!

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1. Free Teleconference, Tuesday, October 17 at 8 PM EST. Roxanne Louise, “Dowsing for Mind-Body Healing” 

This is part of the American Society of Dowsers, Discover Dowsing Series. Call 712-775-7035, then with prompt, access code is 436564#. You will be able to ask questions on the live call. A recording will be posted the following day. For background information, you might read the following article “Dowsing for Health“. See also other related articles on Roxanne’s blog, UnlimitedPotentialHealingCenter.com.

2. Discover Dowsing Series–Recordings available of past speakers, American Society of Dowsers. 

The information on the calls is interesting, but on some there is a lot of background noise as listeners pick up the phone. See https://dowsers.org/tuesday-open-meetings/

3. Basic Trouble Shooting for Dowsers Chart

I came across this wonderful chart on trouble shooting put out by Waverley Dowsers, UK. I strongly recommend printing it out. Here is another chart on dowsing questions by them. Note that in any long occupied house/land/country such as the United Kingdom, such places are saturated with the thoughts, emotions, energies of the many, many previous inhabitants and the events that happened there. Therefore, awareness of these energies and how to clear the non-beneficial ones are good to know.

 4. Starting January 9, 2018: “Dowsers Support & Continuing Education Program”

In January the America Society of Dowsers will begin a monthly teleconference call each 2nd Tuesday at 8 PM EST to provide some basic instruction in dowsing, answer your questions, and share information. Facilitated by Roxanne Louise with a panel of  other experienced dowsers, this is intended for all levels of dowsing prowess. Calls will be recorded and available online the following day. Have something to share? Want to brainstorm how dowsing can help with a project you are working on? Need some help to advance your skills? Call in or contact the facilitator at 434-263-4337, or roxannelouise2@gmail.com. Put Dowsers Support in subject line.

5. Central Virginia Dowsers Meeting Agenda October 8, 1:15 PM 

Free. Senior Center, 1180 Pepsi Place, Charlottesville, VA 22901. RSVP to RoxanneLouise2@gmail.com or call 434-263-4337 .

  • Video & live presentation: “Dowsing for Solution” with Roxanne Louise

October’s meeting is on Dowsing for Solution, a talk given at ASD Convention this past June by Roxanne Louise. Roxanne will show clips of her video plus address how you can use dowsing for yourself. Do you have a problem you want to solve? A goal you want to reach? Let’s design a chart or checklist for you!

  • Networking & quick pendulum instruction: 1:15 PM with meeting officially starting at 1:30 PM. We will close down no later than 5 PM.
  • Dowsing Tools – Simple Show & Tell of basic dowsing tools for beginners with quick demonstration. Further help can be given at the end of the meeting.
  • Practice Time: (before or after video)
  1. Simple yes/no questions for you to dowse out.
  2. Dowse what’s in the container? Simple game to dowse out what is inside using multiple choice. Then move the containers around and try again.  

General Information:

Meetings are now on the 2nd Sunday of the Month, September through November, January through June (no meetings in December, July or August).  Meetings are free and open to all!   Location: Senior Center, 1180 Pepsi Place, Charlottesville, VA 22901•

OTHER DATES: November 12, 2017, then resuming in 2018 on January 14. 

Topics to be announced before each meeting. Either an ASD Conference Video followed by Q & A, or Speaker. Please share with us how you are using dowsing today, and your results. Receive help available on the various dowsing tools. And maybe have some dowsing practice.