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By DeZengo common early activity was meeting groups of mothers whose sons had fought or died on opposite sides of the American Civil War. A "Mother's Friendship Day" to reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War was created and soon after, in New York City, a "Mother's Day" anti-war observance on the 2nd June, 1872, which was accompanied by a Mother's Day Proclamation. [1] From the beginning of time women have played a vital role in the physical, mental, spiritual healing and wellbeing of all societies! Men play an equal but very different role, but this month we focus on women & mothers in an ever changing/evolving society. A mother’s ability and responsibility to nurture, teach, uplift, protect, and expand the minds and hearts of children and humanity—is NEEDED! As we fall into the rabbit hole of consumption, greed lies, and disharmony we are taken further from our true nature and feminine super powers. You heard me correctly – women have super powers and this month we examine why and how those super powers can help us heal self, our children and humanity! Firstly, being a mother does not always mean pro-creating, it does however include being co-CREATIVE. When you invest time, energy from your sacred space into anything, the product has potential to become a beautiful non-weapon of massive love creation! From cooking a meal designed to provide nourishment for the body to creating art that nourishes the soul. Examine the devastation as societies are told and shown through mass media images | words | thoughts | insinuations that women are less

“Mother” rang once more I saw at last its meaning and its place; Not the blind passion of the brooding past. But Mother -- the World's Mother -- come at last, To love as she had never loved before --To feed and guard and teach the human race.” Charlotte Perkins Gilman: May is an extraordinary month offering opportunities for celebration, reflection and healing; specifically, on a day we observe and denote as ―Mother’s Day.‖ It was not too long ago in US history early "Mother's Day" was mostly marked by women's peace groups. A

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valuable than their male counterparts. Almost all magazines, commercials, clothing lines use ―female sexuality‖ to sell their products. Yet, hate crimes against women are at an all-time high – so although consumption through manipulation works, the results have not always benefited humanity. This Mother’s Day examine women for some of their non-sexual super powers and see if you don’t agree that our voice is worth being heard. Female super powers include but not limited to: compassion, unconditional love, forgiveness, silence, intuitiveness, liberation, spontaneity, joy, intimacy, authenticity, nurturing, and wisdom, just to name a few. [2] Healing humanity requires men and women to respect & love one another as spiritual beings, each having unique gifts and talents and both needed! Do more than purchase a generic card or take her out to lunch – honor her ―who & what‖ she truly is – the heart of humanity!

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Motherhood is a concept about which most of us would probably agree; our individual experience with this concept however, is an entirely different matter.

It absolutely amazes me that my mother somehow managed to raise seven very different (and notably, very outspoken) children. I was able to raise one, who arguably could have used seven mothers to raise her. So like all mothers, I just did the best I could. Now that my daughter and I have both survived her childhood, we are on to new adventures. Still, I often take the time for a personal review of the precious years she was growing up. If it were a rapid slide show, it might look something like this: First, I see my "angel baby", the most beautiful and happiest infant on earth! I barely see her crawling before she is suddenly standing up and walking, then running, always moving, always talking. I can clearly recall her first personal "declaration of independence" at 18 months, "My byself, Mommy, my byself!" Then the slides move faster as I watch this magnificent child jumping so many hurdles of childhood, both surviving and thriving in so many situations that would leave a lesser soul in shambles. I see her navigating the high seas of adolescence, somehow swimming through its terrible turbulence – all of it -- from always being brave to sometimes feeling heartbroken. And now, I see this blossoming young woman who can take on anyone and anything, and is already making her mark on the world. My daughter is extremely gifted athletically, including being an extraordinary ballet dancer. And while I am always spellbound by her dancing, my most treasured memories will always be those when we've danced together. It is not unlike the dance I remember sharing with her on one beautiful, warm summer evening when she was just eleven. I pulled up in my car, roof open, stereo blasting. The Moody Blues were singing for the entire neighborhood to hear, "I know I'll find you somewhere, somehow..." Joining hands, we sang along as we danced in a circle, celebrating ourselves and each other in that single magical moment. From where I sit, motherhood just doesn't get any better than that. Whatever your maternal memories, may you be blessed this Mother's Day.
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Yuval Ron,‭master of the oud and a brilliant Grammy winning world musician who works globally to unite mankind in peace‭‭‭ ill be ,w discussing Ancient Sacred Music and Middle Eastern Spirituality with Chris Anderson.‭‬PAGE 16

Do You Know How to mend a broken Heart?
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Inspiration
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There are few people we meet in our lifetime whose presence and effervescent spirit fills us instantly with an abundance of energy and love. Louise Hay is one of those rare people who radiates peace and seems to make time stand still. And when the prospect of a movie about her life and her work came to fruition, the unanimous response from all who have been touched by Louise’s caring nature and generous desire to help others was—“It’s about time!” It all started more than 30 years ago when Louise saw how people let illness and hurtful circumstances control their lives. She vowed to help them see that the root of their pain stemmed from their own negative thoughts. So, she sat down and wrote a little blue pamphlet where she described how our mental patterns and beliefs can actually contribute to illness in our body. She even listed various medical conditions, explained what thoughts correlated with them, and showed us that the way to heal our lives was just a positive thought away. Louise had a simple message that she wanted to share: “The body, like everything else in life, is a mirror of our inner thoughts and beliefs. Every cell within your body responds to every single thought you think and every word you speak.” Louise started what would become her life's work in New York City in 1970. She attended meetings at the Church of Religious Science and began training in the ministerial program. She became a popular speaker at the church, and soon found herself counseling clients. This work quickly blossomed into a full-time career. After several years, Louise compiled a reference guide detailing the mental causes of physical ailments, and developed positive thought patterns for reversing illness and creating health. Little did she know that this tiny blue book, which she incorporated into her second book You Can Heal Your Life would change the world and its way of thinking. You Can Heal Your Life, published in 1984, has been translated into 29 different

languages, is available in more than 35 countries, and to date has sold more than 35 million copies around the world. Louise was able to put her philosophies into practice when she was diagnosed with cancer. She considered the alternatives to surgery and drugs, and instead developed an intensive program of affirmations, visualization, nutritional cleansing, and psychotherapy. Within six months, she was completely healed of cancer. In 1980, Louise moved back to her native Southern California, and it was here that she began putting her workshop methods on paper. In 1984, her new book, You Can Heal Your Life, was published. In it, Louise explains how our beliefs and ideas about ourselves are often the cause of our emotional problems and physical maladies and how, by using certain tools, we can change our thinking and our lives for the better. In 1985, Louise began her famous support group, "The Hayride," with six men diagnosed with AIDS. By 1988, the group had grown to a weekly gathering of 800 people and had moved to an auditorium in West Hollywood. Once again, Louise had started a movement of love and support long before people began to wear red ribbons in their lapels. It was during this time that she wrote The AIDS Book: Creating a Positive Approach, based on her experiences with this powerful group. “How does one put into words the effect Louise L. Hay has had on one's life? To do the subject justice, a book the size of The Complete Works of Shakespeare wouldn’t be enough,” adds author Leon Nacson, who also heads up Hay House’s Australia office. “Louise has demonstrated that words have power, and that power should not be misused or abused. “One of my earliest recollections of a mistake I made which I’ve never repeated is I said to Louise, ‘Why
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don’t we do this, and that way we’ll kill two birds with one stone?’ Louise replied, ‘Why would you want to kill two innocent, beautiful birds?’ In that moment I suddenly realized two things: 1: Louise really walks her talk and 2: She's right. Why would I want to harm my favorite animals?” Leading women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup was also eager to share her experience: “I used to keep that book [You can Heal Your Life] hidden away in my desk drawer when I started my medical practice,” Dr. Northrup adds. “Though I’m welltrained in Western medicine, I knew that Louise (a high school dropout, no less) knew more about health and wellness than I did! From that time on, Louise has been a shining beacon of fun, hope, and health. Louise is a trailblazing goddess whose vision continues to uplift and inspire me—and millions of others—each and every day!” Louise is the founder of Hay House, a successful publishing company. What began as a small venture in the living room of her home has turned into a prosperous corporation that has sold millions of books and other media worldwide. Hay House authors include many notables in the self-help movement, including Wayne Dyer, Joan Borysenko, and Doreen Virtue, among others. In addition, The Hay Foundation and the Louise L. Hay Charitable Fund are two non-profit organizations established by Louise that support many diverse organizations, including those dealing with AIDS, battered women, and other challenged individuals in our society.

In the later decades of her life, Louise has touched hundreds of thousands of lives with her groundbreaking wisdom and her generous heart. You can see this firsthand in You Can Heal Your Life: The Movie, which presents some of the most fascinating and memorable moments of Louise’s life. If you would like to get to know Louise better, please read her blog on HealYourLife.com. A new contentrich, interactive, multimedia Website filled with inspiration from Louise Hay and all of your favorite inspirational authors. Through such cuttingedge features as blogs, twitter feeds, videos, audio downloads, and live streaming Internet radio you’ll discover the immense power of your thoughts and learn that by changing just one thought, you can improve the quality of your life. You’ll also meet the world’s bestselling self-help authors, leading experts, up-andcoming inspirational writers, and new likeminded friends who will share their insights, experiences, personal stories, and wisdom so you can help heal your life and the world around you...one thought at a time.

Experience Your Good Now! Learning to Use Affirmations by Louise L. Hay releases on May 18, 2010. Order your copy at www.HayHouse.com or purchase at your favorite book retailer.

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Yuval Ron

Interview by:
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Music’s Cross-Cultural Catalyst

Israeli born Yuval Ron is the musical director and oud player for The Yuval Ron Ensemble, which includes Arabic, Jewish and Christian artists who unite the sacred music traditions of Judaism, Sufism and the Armenian Church into an unusual mystical, spiritual and inspiring musical celebration. Rabbi David Zaslow says, “Yuval Ron's music arises from deep within the soul of the Middle East: the Arab soul, the Jewish soul, the soul of Druze, Sufi, and Christian alike. In his compositions all differences

disappear, even for just a moment, to let the real soul of peace, shalom, saalam enter the heart.” During his broad and varied career, Yuval Ron has worked with countless producers, directors, actors, composers, arrangers, vocalists, and musicians. Having a special affinity for music in particular and for the performing arts in general, he's recorded and mixed the music for innumerable commercials and recorded and mixed film scores and dozens of album projects.
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Since moving to California in 1997, after thirty years in the NYC music industry, Yuval has continued to work with advertising clients on the one side of his musical identity while also developing themes around musical interfaith celebrations that include Andalusian, Gypsy, Sephardic Jewish songs, Sufi chants from Turkey, Jewish songs from Morocco and Israel and Armenian Church chants... imparting the ancient and deep intercultural connection between these three Abrahamic traditions and the musical influences they share. Among his many honors, Yuval was invited to perform for the Dalai Lama, for Pir Zia Iniyat Khan (Head of the Sufi International Order), and has produced albums of Turkish master-musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek. In 2006, Yuval won an Oscar for the musical film West Bank Story, and in 2004 he received the Los Angeles Treasures Award. Yuval has lectured throughout the world in universities such as University of California Los Angeles, John Hopkins University, Middlebury College, Brandeis University, MIT, Berklee College of Music, Pittsburgh University, Texas University in Austin, University of California San Diego, and the Jerusalem Film School in Israel. He's done field recordings in the Sinai desert with the Bedouins and produced the record One Truth with Turkish master musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek on World Class Records. His One, on Magda Records, features Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Yair Dalal, Azam Ali, Pejman Hadadi, Nahil Azzam and Haim Louk. A recipient of multiple grants from National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Composers Forum and the California Council for the Humanities, Yuval also has worked with the Moscow Symphony, the LAJS Symphony, and the New Hampshire Philharmonic. In 1998 he released his first solo recording In Between the Heartbeat on Simulacra Records, followed by the CD In the Shallows in 2001. He produced the double album Masada - the Musical Saga starring Davis Gains and provided the ethnic music cues for Helen of Troy (US Network). Yuval Ron is the producer & host of the world music concert series "The International Underground" at the UCLA Hammer Museum. Most recently, Mark Waldman, an Associate Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for

Spirituality and the Mind and Adjunct Faculty at Loyola Marymount University and Yuval Ron have collaborated. Using Yuval's musical talents (designed to bring peace and understanding to diverse religious and ethnic cultures) and Mark's scientific expertise to demonstrate how the spiritual practices of these religions profoundly affect the brain in life-enhancing ways, together they weave music and meditation to transport people into a realm of peaceful unity and consciousness. "I met Yuval at a Sufi meditation retreat," Mark recalls, "where we discovered that we share a similar vision of helping people connect with their deepest values, values that show that every person, of every religion and culture embraces a common, united thread. And when we immerse ourselves in contemplative music and meditation, we change the structure and function of the brain, stimulating the neural circuits of compassion, kindness, and peace." "In our workshop," adds Yuval, "we’ll musically guide you through ancient and modern meditations. We will experience the inner workings of ecstatic Hassidic music and dance, and the Sufi mystical practice of whirling meditation. When we share our personal stories, we’ll use a new form of dialogue meditation created in Mark and Andy Newberg’s university lab." The Yuval Ron Ensemble Cd's “Under The Olive Tree”, "Tree of Life" and "Seeker of Truth" have become international favorites with world music lovers and been featured on National Public Radio’s “Echoes” and “Hearts of Space” programs. For those interested in following Yuval and his music: http://yuvalronmusic.com To hear the full interview with Yuval Ron in video format, visit: Onefeather Journal Radio

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A Clear Description of the Pain Body

By Gary Jacobsson

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My teacher Luis Diaz is the founder of the BodyMind Center in California and the creator of the CMR-Cellular Memory Release Process for emotional healing and transformation.
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motional charge (PEC) which leads to massive dysfunction in our bodies-mind system. The disproportion between positive and negative emotional charge (Pain-Body) is such that the natural bodily activities are deeply affected. Just think for a moment, the amount of Life force that it has taken to "hold" that NEC stored in the cells all this time! Now imagine for a while how you would feel releasing that NEC, allowing the transformation to take place. When we use this technology, we do not erase the memory. The stuck Life force is liberated, leaving the cells' natural energy free to be used for self-healing and growth. Since very young, we learned to resist our feelings, damaging ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally. We did this because we didn't know what we were doing and because we imitated others (ancestors, parents, teachers, TV programs, publicity, books, etc.) When we discriminate a feeling, we are resisting its existence. We are trying to change it for something else that matches our self-image. When we resist "what is" and the existence of present feelings, we cannot digest the experience. This is how the NEC is stored in the body-mind organism creating the Pain-Body. The cells in which past physical or emotional trauma is stored, operate in a survival pattern based on something that is no longer real or current for anyone but the person maintaining the pattern. When an unresolved issue or trauma impedes the flow of energy in the body-mind system, stagnation is created in a particular part of the body, often the organ, joint or muscle most associated with the trauma. We know further that areas of stagnant energy contain negative emotional charge (NEC) that literally split and subdivide the human energy field in separate compartments without communication between them.

He has used the term 'Pain Body' for years referring to the N.E.C. 'negative emotional charge' before Eckhart made it popular in 2005 with his release of 'A New Earth.' This is what Eckhart has to say about the 'Pain Body. "There are two levels of pain: the pain that you create now, and the pain of the past that still lives on in your mind and body. This of course includes the pain that you suffer as a child, cause by the unconsciousness of the world into which you were born. The accumulated pain is a negative energy field that occupies your body and mind. If you look at it as an invisible entity in its own right, you are getting quite close to the truth. It's the emotional Pain-Body." Unprocessed traumatic experiences create suffocation and contraction of the positive e-

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in the form of real pain, but you are adding by default; self-condemnation, anger, guilt, fear and

"There are two levels of pain: the pain that you create now, and the pain of the past that still lives on in your mind and body.”

unforgiveness towards yourself. This process may go on and on.

Acupuncturist, Tapas Fleming writes in her book You Can Heal Now: "...at the moment when a problem or a trauma happens, (physical, mental or emotional) we have the feeling that life is unbearable and we say 'NO' to whatever is happening to us”. Some variations to this theme include: 'this is too much for me; if this happens, I won't survive.' The implication to that inner statement is, 'I'll deal with it later, file it away, I'll face it when I can, when it is not life threatening'. When we hold off the trauma, we are allowing more layers of NEC to follow the original one making the situation even more complex. A simple example is: you hurt your ankle while running late to your office. You feel very upset for that. You get angry at yourself for not paying more attention when walking and you may blame yourself by saying things like, "Stupid, you never pay enough attention!" "You are going to be late and your boss will be upset with you". By now, your body is not only feeling the physical trauma But we seem to put off forever something that we don't want to deal with now, and the imbalance of the undigested trauma stays with us. We can put time and distance between us and the event, but the experience itself is still on hold. Another response may be to deny that the problem happened. However the more we keep it locked in the 'so called Past', the more strongly we are connected with it, and the more unresolved issues we hold off, the more narrow and limited our lives will become.

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The Magic Of Synchronicities

By Dr. Judith Orloff

Adapted from Second Sight: An Intuitive Psychiatrist Tells Her Story and Show Yo... (Three Rivers Press, 2010) by Judith Orloff MD

Have you ever experienced perfect timing, a moment when everything just seems to fall into place? For a moment, we step out of the random chaos and find that all forces are aligned with nothing pre-planned and yet, all is in order. Events come together with such exactitude, it feels as if we have been launched onto a pre-ordained course. We can't stop thinking about someone and we run into them on the street; a person we have just met offers us the perfect job; we miss our plane and on the next flight we sit next to someone with whom we fall in love. This is synchronicity, a state of grace.

While once attending a general meeting of the Cedars Sinai Medical Staff, I met a plastic surgeon named Richard. Immaculately dressed in a three-piece suit, tanned and handsome, he asked me out to lunch. In the Hamburger Hamlet at the edge of the Sunset Strip, we engaged in small talk for a while. He appeared quite straight-laced, speaking about his prestigious country club, playing golf on the week-ends, and his Wednesday night poker game. He was a nice enough guy, but not my type. Except for being physicians, we didn't seem to have much in common.

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Usually, when a date isn't going well, I try to ease out of it as quickly as possible. But here I found myself talking about my spiritual beliefs and then suddenly, the conversation turned to death. Richard had never spoken in detail about death to anyone before, but now, he couldn't hear enough about my description of an afterlife, how the spirit is eternal, how death is not an end but simply a transition into other dimensions as real as our own lives. I kept thinking to myself, "This is one of the weirdest dates I've ever had." It wasn't that I was uncomfortable with the subject matter. There was just something unsettling about the way it was happening. The immediacy in Richard's eyes, his hunger to absorb it all even though he claimed no spiritual leanings of his own, were cues to me that something was up. Why did such a profound topic arise with someone I hardly know? One month later, a friend called to tell me that Richard had been killed in a freak motorcycle accident. I was stunned. It seemed impossible.

He was talented, attractive and successful. People like Richard get married, have families, live charmed lives. They don't die young. At least, that was my fantasy. Suddenly the context of our date made perfect sense, the seemingly off-beat direction of our dialogue. There was obviously some unconscious part of Richard that had intuited his impending death and he had yearned to know everything he could about it. I had been the messenger. Intuition often intercedes in the most subtle ways. The secret is to go with the mystery. Sometimes the

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significance of synchronicities is instantly obvious and other times, as in the case of Richard, it takes time. We must trust the divine ordering of our lives. Some synchronous meetings are serendipitous and can signal a

we go, you’ll see how they happen in the everyday--often when we least expect them. The Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, defines synchronicity as "a meaningful coincidence of outer and inner events that are not causally related." Jung speaks of a collective unconscious, a universal pool of knowledge, independent of culture and belonging to us all. It is the basis of what the ancients call the "sympathy for all things." I believe that synchronicity stems from this commonality. We are all swimming in the same waters and can feel the reverberation of each other's movements, riding the same waves. Recently, a close friend was on vacation in Boulder, Colorado, browsing in a used book store. An avid science fiction fan, he reached for a book that appealed to him. When he opened it to the title page, there was my name written in my own hand writing and dated November, 1961. As a child, I used to

fortuitous future. When we take advantage of these golden moments, our lives can positively change. Such opportunities do not only crop up during important business meetings, extravagant parties or special events. If we stay on the lookout wherever

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sign my name in all of my books in case they got lost. When I left my parents' house, I donated stacks of my old books to Goodwill. Somehow, one of them had ended up in Boulder and my friend had come upon it twenty years later. Although some synchronicities may impact us more than others, they all have value. Whether or not I fully grasp its meaning at the time, I see each synchronous moment as one of rare and perfect harmony like the accuracy of a bull's eye, the precision of a hole in one, or the impeccable sequence of a royal flush. Synchronicity is a sign that we are intuitively attuned, not only to our immediate friends and family, but also to the greater collective. Judith Orloff MD is author of Second Sight: An Intuitive Psychiatrist Tells Her Story and Show Yo... (Three Rivers Press, 2010), upon which this article is based. A UCLA psychiatrist, Dr. Orloff synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, subtle energy, and spirituality. For Judith’s complete workshop
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Mindfully Managing Stress
By Ronald Alexander

Stress is primarily caused by external triggers and how we deal and process it depends upon our constitution and temperament. People who handle stress mindfully will tend to be less reactive, are more macro focused on the “big picture” and have a thicker skin. Those who are micro focused on the little details are usually more reactive and thinned skinned. Historically, men with their higher levels of testosterone tend to be more competitive and are taught through activities such as sports to look at the overall strategy of the game while women who are genetically wired to communicate emotions generally are more sensitive and empathic. But in today’s economic climate stress can take a toll on even those who normally are able to let things roll off their back. The key to dealing with a stressful situation, especially for

those who take things personally, is to develop a deeply grounded core rudder so that no matter what size of wave one encounters they can recover quickly and proceed with more focus. One very effective tool to keep grounded is to develop what I call “mindstrength” through a mindfulness meditation practice. Mindstrength is the ability to very quickly and easily shift out of a reactive mode and become fully present in the moment, experiencing the full force of your emotions even as you recognize that they are temporary and will soon dissipate. A Mindfulness practice can affect the amount of activity in the amygdala, the walnut-sized area in the center of the brain responsible for regulating emotions. When the amygdala is relaxed, the parasympathetic nervous system engages to counteract the anxiety response. The heart rate lowers, breathing deepens and slows, and the body stops releasing cortisol and adrenaline into the bloodstream; these stress hormones provide us with quick energy in times of danger but have damaging effects on the body in the long term if they’re too prevalent. Over time, mindfulness meditation actually thickens the bilateral, prefrontal right-insular region of the brain, the area responsible for optimism and a sense of well-being, spaciousness, and possibility. This area is also associated with creativity and an increased sense of curiosity, as well as the ability to be reflective and observe how your mind works.

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nothing to do with me and are, instead, the result of what’s going on inside his own mind?

4. Is there anything I can do to help myself depersonalize the situation?

5. Are there practices I can use to nourish myself at this difficult time? Mindfulness meditation and other disciplines such as martial arts, tai chi, and yoga are excellent ways of quieting the rational mind and opening up to the intuitive mind and its link to the numinous creative force. Through this connection one is able to build their “mindstrength,” learn to stop their reactivity, and focus on the big picture. Ronald Alexander, Ph.D. is the author of the widely acclaimed book, Wise Mind, Open Mind: Finding Purpose and Meaning in Times of Crisis, Loss, and Change. He is the Executive Director of the OpenMind Training® Institute, practices mindfulnessbased mind-body psychotherapy and leadership coaching in Santa Monica, CA, for individuals and corporate clients. He has taught personal and clinical training groups for professionals in Integral Psychotherapy, Ericksonian mind-body healing therapies, mindfulness meditation, and Buddhist psychology nationally and internationally since 1970. (www.openmindtraining.com)

I’ve found that my patients who are in a stressful situation benefit from answering the following questions, which is like taking the pulse of the here and now. 1. What do I feel right now?

2. Do these feelings benefit me in any way? If I feel anxious and fearful, do these emotions lead me to insights, or are they completely unwholesome responses that cause conflict, hold me back, and distract and disempowered me?

3. If what I’m experiencing is in response to another person’s behavior, what’s the evidence that that person’s actions have little or

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Sustainable Wellness 101
Are You A Sensitive?
By Cristina Smith
“Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe As we are bombarded with exponentially more information daily than we were just last year, it may be comforting to know that you are not alone in feeling overwhelmed by the allness of it all. Sometimes it can feel pretty isolating to not want to engage all of the marvels of modern technology that most everyone else around seems to, however I would venture to guess that there are more of us ‘Sensitives’ out there than we imagine. Sensitive people are some of the best candidates for energetic transformational and healing techniques. The receptive condition of the body responds quickly and positively to the proper application of subtle treatments. Here’s a quick list of indicators to determine if you are a sensitive. □ Sensitives often choose caring or artistic professions such as therapist, healer, teacher, full time parent, doctor, musician, actor, nurse, social services provider, human resources specialist and manager. Laundry detergents affect you. For example, rashes appear, especially on your inner thigh, and you can smell the residue on your clothes long after they are put away. Perfume can drive you nuts. It is almost nauseating to walk through perfume counters in department stores. You can barely stand to be close to someone wearing a very strong scent. Most sensitives opt for essential oils or a rare perfume as an external scent. Diesel fumes can debilitate you. □ Novocain seems to have a diminished effect during dental work. It just doesn’t seem to get you numb no matter how many shots you get. You may have food allergies/sensitivities. Prescription medicines are especially potent. You are either allergic to one or several of them and you find that you take less than the recommended dose because it effects you so strongly. Vicarious violence affects you profoundly. You probably don’t go to horror movies and avoid ultra-violent action adventures. People love to tell you all their problems, probably pretty soon after they meet you, because you are so understanding. You may find crowded settings overwhelming. Your dreams are vivid. You can almost feel what’s going on with someone else and respond accordingly even through nothing was said. Your feelings get hurt more often than you like. You take care of everyone else first and may forget to take care of yourself. You have flashes of amazing insight.

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If you checked off more than four of these indicators, you are a sensitive. The trick to being a sensitive in a progressively more de-sensitized society is to know that you are one and work with yourself accordingly. I have found that is particularly difficult for a manly man to discover he is a sensitive and integrate that into the cultural paradigm. Fortunately, there is a strong societal
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undercurrent that facilitates those of us who are on this different wavelength. Besides buying unscented products and requesting acupuncture for dental pain relief, here are a couple of other tips that you may find useful. » Accommodate yourself with what you need without guilt. You are not weird or alone. Many people are sensitive and work within that model daily. Once you identify yourself as a sensitive, you will find many venues of support. Learn how to take care of yourself. In order to take care of everyone else you want to, you have to take care of yourself first. Remember, the good of the whole includes you.

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Avoid treatments that push full-bore extremities. Healing crises are common for sensitives. Experiment with one half of the average person level of intensity and see how it works. Take time for a break alone for at least five minutes twice daily.

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Find the courage to know yourself as a sensitive and treat yourself properly. It can make all the difference in your success in the world and enhance your sustainable wellness™.

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Cristina is an energetic healer and Sustainable Wellness™ coach. Her website is www.Heal-Thyself.com and you may contact her at CristinaS@flash.net ©2010 Cristina Smith. All right reserved.

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Reduce Stress and Be Happy
By John Levine

Anything taken too much is bad for the health. A little stress is actually good; as it could serve to help you function at your best. However, stress that seems a little too much could take a physical, as well as mental, toll to your body. Stress should be managed in order for depression or anxiety to be prevented. So how should you do it then? The following are tips and advice to help manage stress.

Write it out, schedule it out.
It is best to write down everything that seems to be overwhelming. You will find a thingsto-do-list much easier to manage than having errands all crumpled up in your head. Writing down the tasks, and putting a specific schedule and time to do them, helps anyone manage activities one chunk at a time. Crossing out an activity that has already been accomplished is very rewarding

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and could actually help you feel more relaxed when doing the other tasks at hand.

One at a time works.
Focus and put all your attention specifically on one task at one time. It does not help to feel panicky about the other undone or to-do tasks. Thinking about them only adds unnecessary stress and could even hamper in doing the task you are attempting to accomplish at present.

Relax and take it slow.
At least, try not to expend too much energy on activities that are currently not priorities. This is in order for your energy to be not easily expended on the tasks that are not that important, at least for now.

Give yourself a break.
You need it to be more productive. A ten to fifteen minute break during your work is necessary. Go visit a café nearby, take a quick brisk walk, or do anything to put your mind off work, at least for a while. This is necessary to refresh and recharge. Believe it or not, you can also stay in your work and sit with your eyes closed as you visualize a peaceful landscape or an relaxing scene. This frees the stress from your muscles and your mind. Relax and be cool. Doing so makes you healthier, happier, and a lot more productive. And the most important – play alphamusic of John Levine and stay in alpha, peaceful state for longer. Blocking out interference can help us find a clear space in which to rest, think or play. This is John Levine's Alphamusic. A backdrop of aphamusic calms your over-busy mind while you're occupied with other tasks, when you study, work, play, eat and sleep.

Delegate, delegate, delegate.
You need not do everything all at once, and you need not do everything on your own. Ask for help, get help, or pay for help. When there is a feeling of being overwhelmed that is cropping up, hire someone to mow the lawn or get a sitter for your children. The feeling of being pressed to finish something on time will somehow be eliminated if tasks are delegated. It takes a load off unnecessary worry and anxiety. Moreover, it is easier checking up on how things are, than worrying yourself sick doing everything on your own, all at once.

Give yourself a reward.
You deserve it. Acknowledging your accomplishments, no matter how big or small, is an effort that is necessary before getting on to the next tasks and activities. It reduces stress and could even make you happier in doing the next task.
About John Levine, composer
and creator of Alphamusic. http://www.silenceofmusic.com
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The Breath of LOVE technique, created by Cory Herter, allows one too quickly and effectively process and clear traumatic and troubling memories. This releases not only the memory but the behavioral patterns that are associated with that memory. Once the emotionally-charged memory has been processed, the energy that was previously stuck becomes available for healing the body/mind and makes it possible for one to consciously create new, more constructive, behaviors.

By Jodi.F.Lilly

Breath of LOVE allows a person to literally release old memories, and the emotional charges they hold, out of the muscle fibers and brain wave states in which they are stuck (and as a result out-picturing in behavioral patterns in our lives). As they breath through the different layers of the memory the person is able to make connections between what happened in the memory and the ways they are playing it out today. Insights arise and the attachment to the previously unresolved situation is released. The person still has access to be able to recall what happened but it no longer carries the pain or discomfort that it has had for them until now.

Just as when there are programs running in the background on a computer, the machine will run much less efficiently, these old, unprocessed memories bog down our human system and affect the quality of our health and ability to perform. Once cleared, people experience a new sense of lightness and freedom.

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Creative Expressions
Art, in all its myriad forms, is a way for the soul to speak and the process of creation is a vehicle to link body, mind and soul. The Healing power of the creative process benefits both the artist and the audience.

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Rassouli
The Master of Fusionart
by Rasoul Sorkhabi

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A glance at his paintings hooks the viewer and takes him or her on a pleasant, mysterious journey through colors, lines, shapes, and shades. The painter is Freydoon Rassouli, an American-Iranian, now in his mid-sixties and reputed internationally as the master of ―fusionart.‖ When I first saw his paintings on his website, I was simply fascinated by them; but I also wanted to know the artist himself— his insight and life journey that has led him to this visionary, spiritual art. So I went to meet with him in Encino, California, where he lives, works, and teaches fusionart to hundreds of people from various walks of life, in classes, retreat sessions, and through online courses.

A Life Touched by Painting
When I arrived on a Saturday morning in Los Angeles, Rassouli was conducting a daylong workshop at the Historic Mayfair Hotel, where his paintings are also on display. Rassouli began with a brief speech to his students and friends: ―Picture this,‖ he said; ―A tremendous current, a pure and powerful river, is flowing. Call it the energy or flow of existence, life, God, or by whatever name you like. Now a tiny part, a drop, of this current desires to branch out. How can this drop make it happen against the mighty current?‖ The students thought this parable over and at the end of the discussion, there was a profound conclusion: The drop can manifest itself only if it is limited and only if it can accept its limitedness. This is how creation takes place both in nature and in art. There is a tremendous power of creativity, not despite, but because of limitedness in us and in our artwork. Rassouli then gave the participants a hint for the day’s painting. He called it ―Finding the Clues.‖ He

told them to spatter color paints on the canvas at random, and then start painting from the point that draws their attention. ―Continue working on that particular spot, but if you are caught up in your rational thinking, stop there, and move to some other spot and paint. Continue this process until you feel that the painting is done. A creative work will come out by itself.‖ The participants worked on their paintings for the rest of the day. Late in the evening, they gathered around Rassouli; each painter showed his or her work, and Rassouli, as well as the others, gave their comments. ―My classes,‖ Rassouli told me, ―are not like standard sketching or painting classes where everyone has to produce a fixed image. I want my students to create paintings spontaneously in a dynamic way.‖ Therefore, the painter does not start with a preconceived image, but lets the work take its shape and color from the spontaneous flow of energy through him or her. The results of that day’s workshop were amazing. Even though the students started with the same hint, their paintings were a diverse array of expressions, impressions, or symbolic figures. Moreover, working in the group generated a particular energy in the environment—a synergy— that strengthened each person’s participation in the painting. When asked how they felt while they were painting, the participants mentioned various sensations, such as freedom, fun, a joyous spirit, and creative energy. All these, of course, help the painter’s spiritual transformation or growth as well. Can painting, more specifically fusionart, be therapeutic as well, especially with regard to the healing of the soul? Rassouli said he has had students with serious illnesses who gained much comfort from fusionart. He then commented that human life is a combination of both positive and negative elements—darkness and light, pain and joy, failure and success, and so forth. In fusionart, the
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practitioner comes to a balanced realization of life, and actually utilizes the negative problem, rather than fighting it, to focus on his or her potential for joy, love, creativity, and a positive attitude. Or as Rassouli put it, ―If I cannot see, I can instead hear much better.‖ This is the art of fusion, the union of opposites. When we go through an overwhelmingly painful experience, our view gets blocked. Meditative arts help us to go beyond this dead end and release our insight, inner strength, and creativity. In this sense, fusionart ―is about life itself, a flow that becomes a harbinger of joy in the lives of those touched by it.‖

From Isfahan to Los Angeles
―Fusionart,‖ Rassouli contends, ―is meant to be a catalyst to bring the cultures of the East and West together.‖ This is indeed the fruit of Rassouli’s own life journey as well. Born in the historic city of Isfahan in Iran, Rassouli was raised in an extended family. His grandparents, two uncles, and his own parents and four siblings (he was the second child) all lived in a 24-bedroom Persian style mansion with a large garden and several servants. Rassouli remembers his uncle–a Sufi who hosted Sufi gatherings every Friday in their house–with great appreciation. The Sufis recited poetry from Persian mystics like Hafiz and Rumi, listened to music, danced, and shared their wisdom and joy with one another. His uncle used to take the young Rassouli to these gatherings. ―My nursery rhymes were poems from Hafiz and Rumi,‖ Rassouli said. ―In these gatherings, I sometimes would lay down on the floor and gaze at the beautiful Persian-style mural on the ceiling of the hall.‖ This fascinating setting of painting, poetry, music, and spiritual conversations made imprints on the boy’s mind.

Rassouli’s talent for painting was evident early in his childhood. He fondly told me about his first painting experience. One day, at age five, ―my father came home with a framed portrait of himself drawn with crayon by a professional painter. I heard the discussion about how the eyes did not look like my father’s. I told my parents I could fix it.‖ The parents were hesitant, but the ever kind uncle bought the same crayons and put him on the project.While drawing, ―I felt the way my father saw through his eyes with love.‖ In the end, the portrait was ruined; it had two holes in it with a new pair of eyes painted and pasted behind the holes. But still, his uncle hung it on the wall and proudly showed visitors how the young Rassouli had fixed the eyes. ―This encouragement and joy in the creative process triggered my love for painting.‖ At age six, while browsing a store with his mother, Rassouli fell in love with a book of paintings by Russian masters, including Andrei Rublev and Ilya Repin, and he spent much time copying the oil paintings of these masters. Rassouli also took classes in Persian miniature from a prominent master, Mahmud Farsh-chiyan, in Isfahan, and he experimented with impressionistic paintings of Isfahan’s landscape. At age sixteen, he participated in a painting contest with high school students from all over Iran, and as the nation’s ―best student artist,‖ he was awarded a government grant to travel in Europe. During this three-month trip, he visited art museums and schools, and learned about the works of European painters. Upon graduating from high school in Isfahan, Rassouli had already made up his mind: He wanted to go to the United States to pursue his career in painting. That was 1963, the time of President John F. Kennedy, who Rassouli dearly respected.

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Arriving inWashington, D.C., on a winter day, he soon spent all his money and experienced financial hardships. Thanks to several Americans who appreciated his artistic talent, he began making money by painting, and a year later, went on to study at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in painting and a master’s degree in architecture in 1969. Rassouli then teamed up with a colleague and began an architecture firm. Although his architecture business was successful, Rassouli eventually gave it up for his love of painting. This was in April 1994, when he organized an exhibition of his artwork in Beverly Hills which was attended by 800 people on its opening day. Rassouli then decided to become a fulltime professional painter, which was a tough decision, but his wife and two children stood by him through financial difficulties. Since then, he has witnessed remarkable success and growth in his art, which has come to the attention of the international community of artists and art collectors. Rassouli’s education has given him a solid foundation of art history and movements. He acknowledges several eminent painters who impressed him as he embarked on his own path, notably Andrei Rublev (the fifteenth century Russian painter of orthodox icons), William Blake (the nineteenth-century British mystic poet and painter), Gustave Moreau and Odilon Redon (both nineteenth-century French symbolist painters). Rassouli also gives special acknowledgment to the influence of Persian mystic poets on his work: Attar, Rumi, and particularly Hafiz, ―whose concepts appear in hundreds of my paintings.‖ Indeed, Rassouli has translated a large number of poems from Rumi and Hafiz. He adds, ―From the Persian culture, I learned how to dream, and from the Western culture, I learned how to reflect my dreams.‖

The Art of Fusion
Rassouli first introduced the term ―fusionart‖ in 1984 in Los Angeles. He organized a showroom where various lifestyles and art forms (architecture, sculpture, painting, and poetry) blended together in the spirit of mysticism. This was meant to demonstrate how the environment and lifestyle impacted people’s thoughts and behavior. Since then, Rassouli has developed fusionart into a rich field, which he shrinks from putting in a fixed category of art. He argues that art ―isms,‖ such as cubism, surrealism, and so forth, include something of the art, but also exclude many other aspects. Fusionart is not such a box. It is ―the means to connect with our inner feelings.‖ In Rassouli’s opinion, what is really valuable in art is the inner connection, transformation, and spiritual act of creating. ―Art is a flow, and flow is not something you are able to categorize. The way the audience identifies themselves with the art develops the category.‖ But Rassouli has moved away from art ―categories.‖ Even the terms ―inspirational and visionary,‖ which often describe his art, are only partially valid: ―I consider my artwork inspirational, for I constantly hear how it has had a positive impact on various people. I suppose it is visionary in the way it moves the audience and expands their dreams.‖ And this expansion of vision comes about because ―when my creating goes beyond my knowledge and my recognition, my works become expansive.‖ An outward aspect of fusionart is the bridges it builds to connect people’s souls— the East andWest together. But this takes place because of a fundamental process operating in the fusionartist’s personality and in the artwork itself. This fundamental process, according to Rassouli, is the ―fusion of reality and dream.‖ But what are ―reality‖
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and ―dream?‖ He explained it by way of example— the circle of our eyesight. We look at the outer world through eyeballs which have a sight range of 180°. That is reality as we perceive visually. But the other half of the circle lies within. That is our dream, what we see spiritually. The fusionartist, then, fuses the outer physical world with our spiritual dimension, and this happens not through a deliberate effort to express our ego, not through a rational effort, but subconsciously (or superconsciously, depending on how you define it). ―It is the spiritual flow of existence as it manifests through the individual.‖ Fusionart thus takes place in the heart, and ―if what is painted flows from the heart, from the personal truth of the artist,‖ Rassouli goes on, ―it opens a deeper channel of communication that would be seen at first glance.‖ For Rassouli, painting is the medium to do this, but in a larger context, he adds: ―artists are those who can place our mind into dreaming, regardless of the medium they use; they could be a gourmet cook, an interior designer, or a shoemaker.‖ Therefore, ―what is shown in a fusionart painting,‖ Rassouli says, ―focuses on the meaning behind the images, not the images themselves.‖ I took this opportunity to ask him about the symbolism and meaning of ―Rassouli’s women‖ images so prominently appearing in his paintings.Why only women? He explained that it would be a mistake to see ―only women‖ in these paintings. Both aspects of life, the feminine and the masculine, are represented in them, but each with its own characteristic. The masculine power is linear, forward-moving, and apparent—like light. The feminine energy is attractive, absorbing, and yet generative; it moves in a spiral manner, connecting the manifested Earth with the heavens, with the dark mystery beyond. Rassouli views these apparently opposite powers not in conflict, but in harmony, co-existence, and union through love. This is perhaps the most important

clue for delving into the realm of Rassouli’s paintings. Rassouli does not consider fusionart as something strange that he has brought to art; rather, it is the essence of art in the first place. The very word ―art,‖ Rassouli points out, literally means ―putting together.‖ And he beautifully aligns this concept with a poem from Rumi: ―You have come here to unite, not to divide.‖

“I Am a RichMan”
Fusionart is union through love and joy. ―As for myself,‖ Rassouli said, ―When I feel good, I paint, and when I paint, I feel good.‖ And he paints almost every day, often late into the night—2 AM or so. His studio building is only a few seconds from his house, which is surrounded by tall trees, plants, and flowers. Gardening, jogging, and swimming in the pool are his favorite pastimes during the day. For painting, Rassouli does not start with a sketch or a photo. He draws inspiration from Persian poetry, from nature (sunrise, plants, birds, sea view, night sky, and even astronomy documentaries), as well as from his daily life with family, friends, and students. He summarized it: ―My inspiration comes from living creatively.‖ Rassouli has created over 900 major paintings. He has also painted two beautiful murals in California. The mural Creation (84 feet wide and 16 feet high) was painted in 2000 at the entrance lobby of Network Bank on 855 South Wall Street, in downtown Los Angeles. ―It took me six months with eight helpers.‖ The mural Angel of Unity (120 feet wide and 45 feet high), which took four months and the help of two assistants, was painted in 2001, and is located at 3111 Ocean Front Walk, Marina del Ray. The Angel of Unity, a landmark of southern
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California, resides amid thousands of passersby daily. Rassouli’s artwork has also appeared in many magazines and books, including Language of Soul (1999), Jung: A Journey of Transformation (1999), and Inspirations of the Heart (2004). Rassouli also creates a Rumi calendar each year with his fascinating paintings and poetry translations from Rumi. Fusionart is a major art movement at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It is already contributing, in its own capacity, to the peace, joy, and beauty of the human soul and civilization. This is a remarkable achievement for an artist, and Rassouli feels gratified by it. ―I am a very rich man,‖ he said, and then recalled that once a reporter asked him how rich a man he was, and he replied, ―Richer than the billionaires. Because richness is not necessarily how much money you have in your bank account, but how much you don’t desire, and how much you really utilize and enjoy all that life and nature has given to you.‖ Rassouli’s long journey from Isfahan to Los Angeles and his development of fusionart in this country also epitomizes the American ideal (which the global community should strive for as well) of diversity and the blooming of the creative spirit, not in a conflicting, but in a harmonious way. Moreover,

Rassouli’s emergence in the United States as the master of fusionart is, in a sense, a fulfillment of a dream his mother had long before his birth. ―My mother once dreamed,‖ he recalled,‖ that she was swimming in our residential pool, and suddenly the pool caught fire.‖ A blind old man, who was respected for his spiritual insight and used to visit his family from time to time, had interpreted the young mother’s dream in this way: ―Madam, you will give birth to a son, and one day he will cross the waters, and will represent light.‖

Author’s Note: I thank Freydoon Rassouli and his family and friends for a wonderful weekend I spent with them. Rassouli’s correspondence, interview, and published materials also helped me appreciate the rich world of fusionart.

Publisher’s Note Our Gratitude to Freydoon Rassouli for sharing this article which was originally published in Pure Inspiration Magazine, Fall 2009 Edition. To get more information visit: www.rassouli.com and www.fusionartinternational.com

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“In Love, We Know" In the face of true love, all that is not of the same, burns to cinder In the face of true trust, as each tear falls, illusion runs like a coward Truth unveils its mystery when silence echoes the ever expanding grace of the Self.. who you truly are Last night my beloved came to me and woke me from sleep.. saying.. don't worry about what the world needs .. surrender to your loving heart.. become Love and the needs of the world will be met. for Love is never lost in the fields of separation.. it is merely forgotten in the fragments of illusion. My beloved has opened the door of remembrance as timeless as a quickened breath, I saw, I felt, I became. What is more to be said other than, I Love You

Simply Spiritual

To perceive reality from a different perspective is to open oneself to the wonders and unlimited wealth of creation. Simply Spiritual offers the opportunity to visit new places, new methods, and different ways to perceive the vast human knowledge of our Universe.

"Avoiding the Spiritual Sociopath"
By Dr. Marcia Sirota MDFRCP(c)

Spiritual leaders can be the best people or the worst. Many lead out of a sense of altruism and a desire to make things better, but spirituality also attracts sociopaths who pretend to be leaders in order to exploit the emotionally vulnerable.

People become involved with spirituality for many reasons. For some, this path is about experiencing a sense of oneness with all living things and discovering inner peace but for others, spirituality is mixed up with unresolved psychological or emotional problems.

A sociopath is a remorseless, amoral predator who manipulates those weaker or more innocent in order to benefit from them. Many sociopaths choose a profession which puts them in a position of power over others, in order to have a more legitimate reason to dominate and control. Individuals who've suffered childhood abuse or neglect are left with lasting trauma. Like many others, they are attracted to spirituality because it offers hope and answers.

Many people who need psychological help for depression, anxiety, personality disorders or addiction turn instead to spirituality for healing. While the pursuit of spirituality can bring comfort and community, it's not a treatment for such problems.

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While positive spirituality is uplifting, the type of pseudo-spirituality promoted by a sociopathic leader is terribly destructive. Ideally, those who suffer from emotional or psychological problems should seek professional help in conjunction with their spirituality. This would enable them to benefit most from their spiritual pursuit while helping them to recognize and avoid the predators and pretenders. Genuine spiritual leaders are there to help others; not to profit from them. One way to spot a “spiritual sociopath” is by the way they deal with money. Charging high fees for retreats and workshops or insisting that the follower attend numerous expensive seminars is a sign that profit may be the leader's true motive. Genuine spiritual leaders seek to empower their followers. Any leader who fosters extreme dependence among their followers is in reality, just someone who wants to control them. A sincere leader welcomes questions and challenges from their followers; anyone who forbids dissent or punishes it is not sincere. A true spiritual leader will never ask someone to separate from their family or community, nor give away their material possessions or money. These are requests made only by cult leaders who seek to have control by isolating and disempowering their followers. True spiritual leaders inspire people to be their best selves; spiritual sociopaths rule with guilt, trickery and intimidation. The spiritual seeker may want to believe that their leader is loving and good, just as they wanted to believe that their parents were. Sadly, the parent-like sociopath fosters a childlike loyalty in their followers which keeps them in control. Taking responsibility to really deal with your problems and recognizing that not all spiritual leaders mean well is the first step in avoiding being victimized by a spiritual sociopath.

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Transforming Fear: The Spiritual Perspective

powerful and protective of those who surrender with love. So, one has to recondition the mind to embrace the Divine. Nurture the mind. Empower the mind. Enlighten the mind to get rid of these weeds and ghosts of the past and of the mind. An empowered, enlightened mind is a state of Yoga in the truest sense. It yokes us, uniting us with the One, with that which is beyond fear, beyond anxieties, beyond all troubles and tribulations, beyond all fear and negativity. Cultivating our positive, empowered, enlightened mind is the basic, essential spiritual practice without which all other practices fall short. When we dwell in trust, willingness, and appreciation of the Universal forces, when we recondition the mind to embrace the Divine, gradually we come to realize that if what we are working toward, if what we are hoping for, doesn’t happen, then God is working toward some greater beneficence through whatever does happen. We realize there is nothing to fear. But how do you learn to trust the Divine? One first practice is to contemplate on how any experiences of fear have ultimately contributed to your turning more to the life of your spirit? What still burdens you today? If those burdens were lifted, what would you have gained from having them? How has your life been a movement from the lower to the higher, from fear to faith and trust in the Divine? Then any time you find yourself overwhelmed with fear from within or without, simply step back into your

By Baba Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari

Embrace Your Fearless Nature It is natural to be fearful. However, it is more natural to conquer fear. In truth, by nature, we are fearless. But in the modern rush, rush of life our mind has forgotten its intrinsic fearless essence. Fear is born in this cloud of unconsciousness; fear is a monster created in our undisciplined minds. Fear is like the weeds in our backyard, which grow without any care. If our mind is not nourished by Divine, positive thoughts it becomes the ground on which the weeds of fear grow rampant. Though our soul’s natural tendency is to expand, fear causes it to shrink and contract. Fear is a profound, negative emotion that creates a very deep impression on the subconscious layer of our mind, making it difficult to erase its impact. Fear haunts us like a ghost, robbing us of the positive charm of life. Trust in the Divine At its root, fear comes from not trusting in the Universal forces that are infinitely

heart. In your mind’s eye, see yourself surrounded by a circle of Divine light. Know that light will lead you to true understanding. Embrace any inspirations that come to you as you reenter normal consciousness and make them part of your daily practice. Resolve to redirect every fearful thought by holding it and the situation that gives rise to it in the light. Be assured, it is your connection with Divine light and love that will take care of all fear. You will be in the body, free of fear, celebrating the present moment. Affirm often: “No fear, no doubt can survive in the shrine of my enlightened heart.” Explore a More Spiritual Perspective You can also overcome fear by realizing the true nature of your Soul or your Spirit. That is where the need for true spirituality comes in your life. As we explore a more spiritual perspective we ponder our deepest questions about fear: what it is, where it comes from, and how we can conquer it. Some of us have even been taught to fear God, but how can we fear that which encompasses all, that which is Oneness itself? As we meditate on who we are, we come to find that it is our mind that is fearful, that our Soul is fearless, and that we are one with God. If you are the fleeting, changing, restless mind, then fear will chase you wherever you go, for fear has many masks and many shades. But when you recognize that you are the Soul eternal, unborn and deathless, that you are all that is, then there is no fear.

Spirituality is the science and art of living where you dive deeper within you and cleanse your subconscious of all its collected negativity. We do this with the light of the positive power of the breath, meditation and Yoga. Focus on Your Own Breath Shift your consciousness from anxiety and stress to the relaxation response and spiritual mindfulness by focusing on your breath. Take three deep inhalations and three deep exhalations while counting the breaths. Once you shift your mind’s focus away from the negative energy of anxiety to the positive power of your vital force (in the east called Chi or Prana), transformation begins. Do this breathing several times a day to cleanse your mind and your body of any negative attack. Fill your mind with thoughts of gratitude for the wonderful gifts that you have received in life and open yourself to the grace available in the present moment. Conscious breathing helps you to slow down your racing thoughts that cause the stress. When you are tense about some thing that is fearful, a train of thoughts flood your mind and you are completely lost in these negative thoughts. By practicing the breathing exercises along with regular meditation, you create a much-needed pause, allowing you the time to watch your mind and its tendencies. Clear the Clutter from your Mind

Your mind is a space. In its natural state, it is pristine, open, luminous, at one, in a constant state of celebration with the Infinite creative energies of the Universe. If you are unable to celebrate, if you are filled with fear, if you are constantly in the grip of stress, it is because your mind is occupied. There is no space for celebration in a cluttered mind. The more you meditate on your positive gifts, power and strengths in life, the more you will experience a release of the old, unwanted clutter from your mind, including fear. The space that is created will be filled with power from the Higher World that will empower you to look in the eyes of fear with non-blinking eyes of fearlessness. Believe me, once you do this, fear will run away from you. Don't feed fear with thoughts of fearfulness. Let the fear die from hunger. Resolve to divert your thoughts of fear and its energy by focusing on more positive, achievable things of life. Know that fear is the trick of your mind that holds on to the shadow of egotistical life. Hold fast to the positive and powerful thoughts of fearlessness, which is the Mind Essence. Expanding your Mind Essence moves you toward Yoga, the One. Be in Yoga Resolve not to surrender to the random fearful, negative thoughts and uplift your mind with your own mind to yoke or

unite with the Higher Mind or the Divine in your heart. As you open up to the continual Divine forces at play all the time, you connect to the Higher Power and feel a sense of peace and assurance. Watch your breath and mind. Let the mind finally dissolve in the natural rhythm of the breath, which is the manifested Spirit. The Divine is ever taking care of you; you are stressed when you are separated from this Divine source. Be in Yoga; be in the remembrance of the Divine and All Is Well. You can't be truly happy until you recognize that you are Universal and not a separated, limited, isolated person on earth. The more you realize this interconnectedness and how the universe works in its own rhythm and balance, the more you will endeavor to offer yourself toward this universal rhythm. All your activities will be not to promote your individual ego and stamp your individuality on earth, but to offer your contribution to the Universal flow of life. All your struggles of success and failures come to an end with this. You are no longer haunted by fear or stressfulness, but are calm and contented. In this centered peaceful state, wake up to your fearless essence and roar like a lion in the midst of lambs to proclaim the power of your Soul that is the One, the single reality in this whole existence.

The Core Beliefs
By Marsha Cook

Dear Ones: We are each connected by threads unseen, energies that travel and bind the universe. One of these threads is silver. It is the thread that is my main shuttle color. What colors make up your tapestry of life? Are you gentle with your loom?
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“You are love and joy and freedom and clarity expressing..." Esther and Jerry Hicks (Abraham)

The last issue of Silver Threads asked the question “What is your truth” and began the explanation of how to embark upon a journey of frank and honest discovery. It reminded all how important it is to be an open and willing spirit; and provided that the earliest steps to be taken included healthy breathing, quiet space and the gift of contemplation, with a touch of optional journaling. This issue will focus on something called „Core Beliefs.‟ When you can tap into your core beliefs you will easily locate your truth. What is a core belief?

As with truth, let‟s begin with what your Core Belief‟s are not. They are not convictions that are shaped by life experiences or interactions, by success or failure. (By the way – is there really such a thing as failure??) A core belief is something you know deep in your heart. It is as simple as that. Oprah Winfrey writes an article entitled “What I Know For Sure” in every issue of her “O” magazine. It is always at the end; 'the back of the book' so to speak; the next to last page - it is the article you read after everything else, so her words of wisdom will remain with you. She writes about things she knows from way, down deep inside. Everyone has a wealth of this profound knowledge within. Core beliefs are as much a part of you as your heart, your brain, and the air you breathe. Your core beliefs are your truth. When you live them, there is no doubt about your convictions, your integrity, or the way in which you make decisions.

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behaviors and decisions, for you, and for those with whom you interrelate. Take your time and allow the wisdom within to rise to the surface. When you are ready, come back to reading Om-Times and Silver Threads! Be sure to close with a deep, cleansing breath and as you exhale, allow a sigh to float away with your breath. A good, sweet 'ahhh' will close these moments with tenderness and serenity. Now that you have discovered one core belief, take a few more moments to identify some others. Are you on the outside what you are on the inside? How congruent is your inner-self with your outer-self? Have you noticed there are times when you choose one behavior while another feels more comfortably familiar, perhaps wiser, possibly enlightened? That which feels better, oddly familiar, even calm is from your core. By living from your core each day will become the precious gift it is meant to be. In this state of clarity and openness anger and odium will recede unneeded from your psyche; colors will be brighter; laughter more full and robust; and the love you know will deepen and spread to those with whom you have a bond; the relationships that surround you will blossom like flowers in spring; you will have come to the understanding that there are no strangers in your world, just people you have not yet met. What an amazing revelation it is to understand each of us is connected to every living thing in our universe. The last statement is one of the great truths that all have the power to share. I cannot envision a sweeter wish for you, dear ones, than to find the strength and clarity to journey to the center of your being to discover and live your truths. Want to live your best life? Live from your core! Practice your very own truth!

Living from your core provides you with a path on which to journey that honors yourself in all aspects of your being. In the „marsha g. cook book of definitions‟ honoring yourself and loving yourself are one in the same. You may be asking, “Okay, so how do I recognize my core beliefs? Let‟s dive into that right now. Turn off your phone, text message device, television, radio, etc! Take a moment, be sure you are seated comfortably and close your eyes. Concentrate on taking deep, slow, cleansing breaths. Best case scenario - you are relaxed and focused on the task at hand. This state allows you to connect with the “One” and the Universe. (Don‟t look now, you are meditating!) With an open mind ask to be shown one core belief. It will be something you know without all the scripted occurrences of your life. For example, you may discover that kindness is one of the most important functions of your being. Believing strongly in the act of kindness as a way to conduct yourself affects countless interactions,

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Shared by Marty’s partner and Human Ambassador to the Squirrel Nation Chris Anderson

Marty is my playful side coming to the surface. He is designed to be a relief-valve for a world that takes itself far too seriously. A lot of the ideas I plan to explore with him are gentle reminders that the material world is always swinging from left to right... duality is the nature of the journey here on earth. Marty questions beliefs and fears, is a bit self-serving, but at his core there exists a love supreme... the mask that, when removed, reminds us there is really only one life, and we all are it.

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The Path of Service
The ascension of humanity to a higher level starts in the hearts of each of us. When we raise another, we raise ourselves.

There is just One Planet. There is only One Humanity. We all bear the Earthmark. We recognize that there are many Paths to Heal the Heart of Humanity and you will find the one that calls to you. Volunteer your time with a Charity. Accept a Good Deed and Pay It Forward. Practice Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty. Most importantly, give the very best of yourself. Participate! That is the real key to making the world a better place. This section of OM-Times is dedicated to highlighting organizations who are making a difference. You have our profound respect and deep Gratitude.

The Ultimate Gift Foundation

PROJECT GOALS AND SCOPE The goal of the Ultimate Gift Foundation is to provide abused and neglected children with counseling, treatment, support, education and mentoring to help them not only heal from the effects of abuse, but discover their own self-worth and innate gifts so they can realize their greatest potential. Our means to achieve this mission is the Agape Center for Hope, a safe and supportive space for youth and their families. PROPOSED ACTIVITIES Establishing the Agape Center – engaging counseling staff and volunteers to provide any of the following services free-of-charge care to abused and neglected children in our community: 1st Year: Individual Therapy, Behavior Enrichment Classes, Family Dynamics Classes 2nd Year: Above listed services, as well as Self Esteem/Leadership Skills Development, SelfExpression/Communication Skill Development Classes and Body Image Classes 3rd Year: Above listed services, as well as Community Giving/Volunteerism Programs and Creativity Development as offered by Volunteers All three years to include the services of Therapy Assistance Dogs to help build a bridge of trust between the child and therapist, thereby helping to reduce the amount of stress and anxiety the child experiences and quickens the amount of time the child will need to be open and receptive to sharing and subsequently, to healing. the comfort and

NEED FOR THE AGAPE CENTER FOR HOPE Unfortunately, the lives of some children in New Mexico are quite difficult, if not horrific. 1 in 4 girls are sexually assaulted; of those reported, half of them are under 12 years old. Our NM youth suicide rate is historically more than twice the national average, with 14.5% having attempted suicide and another 21% seriously considering suicide within the last 12 months. Our native youth are 33% more at risk of suicide than any other youth culture. Teen pregnancy is 1.5 times higher in NM than in the U.S. An astounding 14,600 NM youth ages 12-17 are dependent on drugs or alcohol. This is a rate of 6.5%...the second highest rate in the nation. All this is tragically compounded by the fact that NM has the highest uninsured rates in the country and many of the families that aren't able to afford insurance also do not quality for Medicare/Medicaid. Nearly 400,000 New Mexicans are without the means to pay for counseling or care for themselves or their children, and only 36 Child Psychiatrists are practicing in the state of New Mexico. Therefore, too many of our children do not get the professional, quality care that can help them not only survive their dire circumstances but rise above them and even

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NUMBER AND CHARACTERISTICS OF YOUTH SERVED As a start-up, it is hard to predict exactly how many children we will serve. Depending on funding, we hope to serve at least 35 children in year one, 70 children in year two and 85 children in year three given that our plan is to have one Therapist in year one, two Therapists in year two, and 2 Therapists and Mentors in year three. Local youth (of any age, race or faith) served may include: victims of domestic violence and abuse; children with PTSD, anxiety, depression or suicidal ideation, drug/alcohol abuse, and children who have nowhere else to turn for support, guidance, and mentoring. help others in similar situations. Additionally, many incidences of abuse or neglect are never reported, thus many children suffer in silence without the support of Child Protection Services, an agency that offers basic, but not always comprehensive support to youth and families. Without crisis intervention and comprehensive restorative services and programs many children and their families seek escape in some (often unhealthy, if not dangerous ) form - either addictions, eating disorders, crime, unhealthy associations, violence, abuse... even suicide. In fact, just last year, nine children committed suicide in Ruidoso – a community of just 10,000 – and the problem continues to grow. LOCAL COLLABORATION Fortunately, for victims of sexual or domestic abuse, the Nest and COPE already offer invaluable acute services to the children and their families, including crisis intervention, a safe place to stay, a 24 hour crisis hot-line, and the involvement of the proper child welfare authorities. Services provided by these local agencies are often temporary, however, due to their funding streams and limits (usually 90 days at maximum) of available services and shelter. These agencies will act, in part, as a referral partner to the Agape Center for Hope, which is designed to provide longer-term comprehensive healing and rehabilitation.
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RESULTS Our work is aimed at significantly reducing youth suicides, youth addictions, abuse of legal or illegal drugs, teen pregnancies, school dropout rates and cases of dating violence and or sexual assault, including incest. With free and accessible counseling, treatment, intervention and leadership development, we hope to improve the lives of children, creating better students, stronger families and healthier, more prosperous communities.

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Relationships

The interconnectiveness among all human beings and, consequently, the relationship among all beings is the focus of this section. The dynamics of the web of connections we make is one of the most prominent aspects of human existence: how we interlace with each other’s existence in a meaningful way.

I was inspired today after my hot yoga class, to write about how people really get stuck in to the drama of their emotions. I watched people as they literally fought with their bodies throughout the class, one to deal with the extreme temperatures which were well over 80 degrees and two, to force their bodies into postures that "dear old bod" was not ready for. One guy especially caught my attention. It tickled me pink by the end of the class. He literally pumped out a dialogue of puffing and panting loudly and even during Savasana (relaxation) at the end, the whole class was subject to his deep "ahhhhhhs" and sighs as he came to terms with the marathon that his body clearly had disliked with a passion ! And it made me think...if we feel something and allow the drama of it to take a grip and manifest ...what then ? Some peoples outbursts can register on the Richter Scale and those around them have to run for hills to take cover. I am sure you know or have known someone like this ! How do you feel around that "threat" ? Eggshell treading becomes the norm to keep the peace. I work with couples in conflict and it sprouts grand from triggered emotions which can erode the relationship and the people in it gradually over time. Now I am not saying we should all go around holding in our emotions. Lord knows historical social conditioning has sent alot of people on a quest to express, but it's WHY we should observe ourselves when our pain body is activated. 9 times out of 10 reaction based on "this is what I am feeling now so you are gonna get it", never works. Think of the times you have done it. You are more pissed at yourself which serves to increase inner pain and then you gotta dig yourself out of it with flowers, apologies and massages ...or whatever !
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by Gina Hardy

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I spent 10 days meditating at a retreat last summer in Hereford. Vipassana is the extreme sport of meditation. You spend 10 days in complete silence and spend 10 hours of each day meditating. I was never one to do things by halves ! The roots of this meditation technique are based in mindfulness and spending the whole time in observation of "the self" was one of the most profound things I had ever done. You get to witness the ramblings of the mind and its ability to take you off on tangents, in and out of stories and how it can play games with you if left to its own devices. It was scary and bizarre and incredible all at once. During meditation time we were guided to simply observe whatever sensation or emotion arose in the body and watch it pass without reacting. It did, without fail, every time. Sitting and meditating without moving a hair on my head, or to scratch an itch or move to ease a shoulder ache gave me the ability to be able to see how our mind wants to drag us into the emotional and mental drama in the moment. As feelings and painful memories came and went I saw how if I just observed, things pass. Just as night turns to day and life in its endless cycle, ebbs and flows, so do we, in this great cosmic soup. It was the best "me" training I had ever experienced and its benefits are with me every day now. Sure I feel triggered when my boyfriend "pushes my buttons" from the past, but I am way better able to articulate what is happening in me, without stripping layers of skin off him with my heated words. Thank God he didn't meet me years ago !

Emotions rise and they pass and if we can just know that whatever we are urged to feel in the moment, will pass, then we have greater awareness to be able to do something about it. Conflict is painful and often ugly and way too reactive and I have witnessed throughout my life what it can do. My dad, God rest his soul, was the master of reactive outbursts and like a dutiful daughter I learnt that way to communicate too. In my early teenage years for example, I kicked hell into the kitchen cupboards if I spilled sugar on the floor by mistake. I always felt bad but at the same time compelled like a battering ram to do whatever "came up". Anger management was not my strong point ! Past painful memories and unresolved childhood wounds sit like snakebites in our bodies and minds waiting to be triggered so we can look at them and with the help of a partner, can heal and grow beyond them. Our intimate relationship can and will activate those snakebites and is the only relationship that creates the right conditions for this to happen. It is what "is meant" in the grand scheme of this Universal Plan, to help us return to our wholeness and allow the "real us" to show up. So when you next feel triggered into reactive defensive behaviour with your partner or loved one, wait a few moments and sit with what it is they are bringing up for you. Your body will let you know the signs immediately. Cortisol, a reactive hormone is released in your body during these moments and prepares you for “fight or flight”. The first 20 mins of this
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get it off your chest. I do think it is a good idea to get it out, but the danger comes when the reaction is aimed to harm your partner from what it is perceived they have to done to upset you. The aim is to be able to say in a rational controlled fashion "honey I feel really triggered by what you have just said and I need a little time to allow it to subside. Can we talk about it a bit later ?(or now depending on how you feel)" This way you preserve your relationship space and save yourself the pain of allowing the emotion to damage your mind and body. I have tried it and it works and I can't tell you enough what a revelation it is to feel in control of me but in a self respecting way. It works wonders for preserving your precious relationship and hey presto as the Law of Attraction kicks in, your partner can stay connected and feel respected as you both mature into a better way to communicate. Honor yourself from today by observing and preserving the delicate nature of you that is trying to make its way in this world. As you grow others will naturally help you. We are all in it with you.

cortisol reaction is the time when it is the most risky to express how you feel. You want to fire off a text (or 100 !), you want to chuck nasty words to wound your partner for daring to hurt you with their words, you want to stomp about the house and slam doors, or at worst you want to harm your partner physically. In perspective, when you feel triggered it is 90% your stuff and only 10% theirs. What is arising for you is yours and no one else’s. You need to own it and more importantly take responsibility for it. You have a choice right in that moment. Reacting is exhausting so, with willpower, choose a different way. I guarantee it will be a better way. Get into the habit of self observation. Think "ahh I am being triggered" and be curious about it rather than engaging in the drama of the potential lava flow of emotions. Watch it as it surfaces in your body. Feel the sensations, the anger, sadness or whatever and simply "be" with it until it passes. It will, every time. Blocking it from arising will only create more fear in the long run as you start to live with the fight or flight syndrome and run from it time and again. Your partner's job IS to push your buttons but in doing so, is helping you ultimately face the unhealed bits of you. If you need to rant and I am not saying it's not healthy to, set up time alone or with a mate to

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enough is true security to be found." ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh One of the easiest ways to change is to take your list from #1 above and encourage yourself to do the exact opposite. If that is not possible, create small steps to get there and then take the first step. 3. Believe That Change Is Possible. "The most powerful agent of growth and transformation is something much more basic than any technique: a change of heart." ~ John Welwood. If there is a voice inside your head that thinks change is not possible, it must be shut up. Write down why you know change is possible. 4. Inventory Your Strengths and Weaknesses. "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain." ~ Maya Angelou. Benchmarking at the beginning lets you know what you've got to work with and what you need to change. Maybe a friend could help you with the list. 5. Buddy Up With a Supporter. "Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant." ~ Anthony J. D'Angelo. We all adore the concept of self-sufficiency but we all appreciate and feel good when someone else tells us "You can do it" or "You did a great job." Don't be shy about having a buddy.

Be an Agent for Change
By Maria Khalife

A change agent is someone who is easily able to make changes in their lives and the lives of others. They are considered to be people of great influence and very likable. They seem like natural leaders. These desirable traits can be built and enhanced in just a single step. That step is to learn and build a belief in yourself that you can easily change your own beliefs. Think about that for a moment. What bigger transition could you make than to fully believe that you can change anything? Wouldn't that empower you to take on any challenge, overcome any obstacle and outperform any expectation? That is what a change agent needs to do and they need to be able to instill that in others as well to not only change themselves, but also those they interact with and teach. 1. Write Down The Ways You Resist Change. "Some people change when they see the light, others when they feel the heat. ~ Caroline Schoeder If you really want to change, you have to figure out what is stopping the change first. 2. Create Alternatives to the Resistance. "Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically

6. Do the Things That Scare You. "Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers." ~ Unknown. Eleanor Roosevelt said "Do one thing every day that scares you." You will discover that the fears aren't as big as you thought they were and that you can easily overcome them just by moving forward into them or right through them. 7. Overcome Rigidity and Pessimism. "If you are still being hurt by an event that happened to you at twelve, it is the thought that is hurting you now." ~ James Hillman. You might think that the way you are right now is good enough so why change? Or, you might have a negative, pessimist outlook on your life. Get help with these problems because they will keep you from the change you desire. 8. Discover Where You Are Most Comfortable. "It is never too late to become what you might have been." ~ George Elliott .You don't have to change everything on your list at one time. Choose one item with which you are most comfortable and begin with that one. 9. Focus on An Action Plan. "Don't fear change, embrace it." ~ Anthony J. D'Angelo. Write the plan and then adhere to it. No plan, no change. Life is intentional, so set your intentions. 10. Review and Refocus Monthly. "Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow." ~ Goethe Review your progress on the plan and rewrite it if you need to. Revisions will keep you moving forward.
"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."
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Pet Talk
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Naomi McDonald
After my column in April’s Om Times magazine was published I received an email from Pam about her dog Rusty. She was frantic as he had been missing for several days. Pam had put up flyers offering a reward around the neighborhood, the vet offices and Human Society and wanted to know if I had any other suggestions. Below is my response to her. I would be happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have about your pet(s). Just email them to me at bmc@brendamcdonald.org. Dear Pam: This is a pet owner’s nightmare. Many animal communicators don’t like to work on lost animal cases as they can be tricky and difficult. I have never had an animal tell me what town they are in or that they are at Third and Main Street. Since finding lost animals is always done remotely the first thing I need to know is if they are alive. I ask questions such as, are you hurt, hungry, frightened, or cold. If the answer is yes, I know they are still in their physical bodies. Then I ask questions that mostly pertained to their surroundings such as, what does it look like around you? I get clear descriptions of places they had been, like: a white house, a fallen tree over a chain link fence, or by the water. But with this process alone I only had about a fifteen percent success rate. Then a dog named Haley came into my life and taught me a very valuable lesson about the power of contemplation that I included in my new book, They Sing to Our Hearts. Perhaps her story could help you find Rusty… Excerpt from They Sing to Our Hearts Haley had been missing for about four weeks when I received a call from her mom, Jan. On the day that Haley disappeared she had gone with dad in the family convertible to pick the kids up at high school. Haley often rode in the convertible and knew not to get out; but a hamburger discarded on the ground in the school’s parking lot proved to be more than she could resist. When a loud thunder like noise frightened her Haley ran away in the wrong direction from the car, and became disorientated. With a member of their family missing everyone was understandably upset and had done everything they could to find their special girl. They put up posters with pictures, contacted all of the animals shelters and vet offices in the area. The family took turns driving around for hours searching for her as well. Jan who lived in Kansas was feeling desperate and found out about me through someone who had used my services before, via the internet. I told her how I worked and offered to do what I could. I also indicated that I would only charge them if I was successful in bringing Haley home as there were so many variables with this type of case. Haley was easy to contact and desperately wanted to go home. This is what she told me: H: I got out of the car for a hamburger on the ground. Something went boom and I ran. I want to go home. I do not hurt anywhere. I am not hungry someone puts out food for me. There is a fence, a white and brick house and cows. A red truck comes and goes. I am far, far, far from home. The next words I’m certain came from Haley because I not only heard but felt their impact. H: Connect us both ways; send the cord from me to mom and back.
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In my initial training I was instructed to connect a golden cord when working with lost animals but at the time didn't feel that it work. Now I had a clear message to do it so I set for a few minutes visualizing a golden cord coming from Haley’s heart to Jan’s heart center. When I really felt it connect I got goose bumps and knew something powerful had just happened. Afterwards, I called Jan to convey Haley’s description of her physical surroundings so she could widen her search and repeated her chord instructions. I explained that connecting this chord was like when you think of someone and then out of the blue they call you. Jan had that experience several times with friends and family so she totally understood the concept. I also ask Jan to change her thoughts from how sad she was that Haley was gone to how happy she would be when she came home. This way Jan would not be focusing on her fears, but instead thinking and feeling what she wanted to create. After our conversation Jan went to a quiet room to meditate. She visualized a golden cord from her heart to Haley’s and imagined the joy they would all feel when the family was reunited again. She did this every night before going to sleep and every morning for three days. Then on the third morning Jan’s phone rang. It was one of her friends calling to say that, it was a long shot, but she had been talking to someone else they knew who lived in a nearby town. This friend mentioned that her neighbor had been putting food out for a yellow dog that was living in their cow pasture. They had been feeding the dog but were unable to catch her to read the tag on her collar. I would loved to have been there when mom, dad and the two kids drove to the place, all got out of the car, called to Haley and saw her come running; lots of kisses and hugs that day. Haley was a little thin but in good health and very happy to be home. I was sure excited when Jan called to tell me, it worked, all that stuff worked, we have our baby back again. Haley must have wandered around for a week prior because the people said she had been there about three weeks. Their house was white and brick and the man drove a red pickup truck. This verified what Haley had described as her surroundings, but she couldn’t give me the name of the town she was in or her address. Now I approach lost animal cases from two different perspectives, the physical and the eitheric or spiritual. Since this change, my success rate went to about eightyfive percent. Yea! Most of us don’t really know how powerful we are and

that we are creating our own reality all the time. I like the way Dr. Wayne Dyer explains it in his book, Excuses Begone. “I am personally convinced that everyone has a capacity for greatness that transcends anything they have been taught to believe, that every being who’s ever existed is in fact a portion of the all-creating power of intention.” This translates into what we contemplate we create. Haley verified something that I had heard and read many times but never fully embraced. Thought is an energy system that isn’t found anywhere in the physical world. The universe itself and everything in it is both mental and spiritual in nature. You create a field of energy with your thoughts, this field creates all of the particles; thus the golden cord.

Naomi McDonald is a professional animal communicator, certified shamanic practitioner, and educator. She is the author of the newly released book, They Sing to Our Hearts: A Communicator Shares Her Stories of Animal Wisdom. Naomi has studied extensively throughout North and South America with renowned teachers in the fields of metaphysics, quantum physics, shamanism and animal communication. She works with clients locally and long distance, teaches an innovative animal communication program that incorporates shamanic healing techniques and personal self development, gives speaking engagements, and volunteers her talents at animal rescue organizations across the United States. To learn more about animal communication and shamanic practices go to www.brendamcdonald.org.
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According to various studies, mothers' time spent with children benefits youngsters in numerous ways—from producing lower rates of obesity to higher scores on verbal tests. But there's a more immediate benefit to spending quality time with your child. It helps you understand "where he or she is at" and gives you an opportunity to have fun together—a very important aspect of child development.

Here are 4 creative activities to do with kids this Mother's Day:
Make "Me" Portraits. With a marker, trace the outline of your bodies on an old sheet. Decorate your self-portraits with symbols, colors, words, and pictures. Use markers, crayons, paints, glue, sparkles, and cut-up magazines.

May is Mother’s Day month and I’ve been thinking of how to enjoy the day without having to work too hard!
By Charlotte Reznick PhD

Make a Mini-Movie. Using a smart phone, flip cam, or video camera, write, star in, and produce your own movie. Ideas: mom and kid talent show; commercial for your favorite thing; stupid human or pet tricks with commentary; fashion show. Post it on YouTube for friends and family.

I'd like to share some ideas about how to use the occasion as an opportunity to "check in" with your child—and enjoy some creative play together.

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Make a Card Together. Pick someone you both want to write to-the President, Grandpa, your child's brother in Afghanistan, etc. Decorate a piece of printer paper folded in half, write a message, and even print a picture of yourselves and glue it on. Mail it together.

Make Music Together. Find objects that make music. Ideas: glasses filled with water along with a spoon to "ring" them; pot and wooden spoon; rubber bands to twang; giant salt shaker. Now come up with a rhythm and a tune. Record it on your message machine or smart phone. Have a great time together and share your love…

Blessings, Dr. Charlotte Reznick Charlotte Reznick PhD is a child educational psychologist, an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at UCLA, and author of the LA Times bestselling book The Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success (Perigee/Penguin). In addition to her private practice, she creates therapeutic relaxation CDs for children, teens, and parents, and teaches workshops internationally on the healing power of children’s imagination. You can find out more about her at www.imageryforkids.com. Soulwire, Sleepless Dream Purchase the Radiant Nothing CD

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Are You Accessible?
By Darity Wesley
“Ability is nothing without opportunity.” ~Napoleon Bonaparte
Did you know that of the 308,942,937 people in the United States, about 18% (according to the U.S. Census Bureau) of us have some kind of disability? That works out to about 62 million people, which is the combined populations of California, New York and Arizona. In 1990, Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to establish a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability. Among the protections provided in the ADA is the right for disabled persons to enjoy places of public accommodation fully and equally as nondisabled persons. Since the turn of the century, the definition of a public place has expanded to include the Internet since it is now an everyday tool for conducting business and recreational activities. According to Linda Dunshee, Executive Director of Des Moines, IA's Link Associates, “The world is more geared toward the Internet now than ever. People with disabilities lose out on many opportunities the rest of us take for granted like weather alerts, notifications, and calendars of events because a website lacks accessibility for those with special needs.” Accessibility is being addressed by a few forward thinking businesses Facebook has an accessibility page as does Google who takes it even further with a search engine for the visually impaired. In addition to meeting the needs of a large market segment, these companies know accessibility issues have made it to the courts and ADA compliance is now a crucial risk management practice. There was a high profile case that Target lost a couple of years ago regarding the use of the website by a member of the public. In the settlement Target agreed to establish a $6 million fund from which members of the California settlement class can make claims. The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) was to certify the Target website through its Nonvisual Accessibility Web Certification (NFBNVAC) program once agreed upon improvements were completed in early 2009. Target made the recommended changes and in February of 2010 Target was awarded the Gold Level NFB-NVAC. So what does this have to do with you? Most everyone has or is part of an organization which has a website. You need to know that in most cases it is not very difficult to add accessible design features to a website. At the most basic level, simple “alt” tags can be added to website images with just about any HTML editing program (“Alt” tags help describe images to users who are using screen-readers, or who have website graphics turned off). Also, by limiting, or eliminating, the use of JavaScript or Flash animation a website can become more
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accessible. An alternative to limiting JavaScript and Flash, a website could employ a text-only version of the site to make the site more accessible to users with disabilities. To make “reasonable accommodations” for disabled persons accessing your website and to reduce potential liability, the Privacy Gurus® recommend you: 1. Provide an Access Instruction Page for Visitors, also known as an “Accessibility Statement,” which includes email hyperlink for visitors to communicate problems with web page accessibility 2. Provide support for text browsers 3. Attach "Alt" tags to graphic images so that screen-readers can identify the graphic 4. Hyperlink photographs with descriptive text "D" to textually explain the picture. 5. Caption all audio and video clips by using "CC" hyperlinks 6. Provide alternative mechanisms for online forms (such as email or voice/TTY phone numbers) 7. Avoid access barriers such as the posting of documents in PDF, table, newspaper or frame format or requiring visitors to download software. If posting in PDF, the HTML text or ASCII file should also be posted.

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I live in LA where beauty and sexiness seems especially valued. How can I be more sexy? ~ Anonymous

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By just about anyone’s definition, LA is home to the most glamorous and sexy people anywhere on earth. But how can we define sexy? Is it having the ability to arouse sexual desire or interest? Is it exciting, glamorous, beautiful, foxy, risqué? The short answer is yes. The long answer is that sexy is not the domain of the rich and famous. Sexy is not demonstrated from the outside in, but from the inside out. Our culture tends to restrict sex appeal to youth and artificial body parts, limiting it to emotionless, frozen poses. From a tantric perspective, sexiness does not require any of the popular ideals of youth, enormous body parts, revealing or skimpy attire. Tanta requires real passion from the inside out, not the outside in, because this internal essence is what is taken into the boudoir. No amount of

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working out at a gym or plastic surgery can guarantee genuine success in the bedroom. We concentrate on the facade, neglect our foundation and ignore the decay happening inside. Sexiness starts within. It starts with self-assuredness, confidence, poise and balance. Sexy is being open, having an honest desire of a partner, being honest with yourself and partner. There is a healthy disposition and approach to lovemaking that is not expressed by gross motor motion, but by being in the moment. Love, orgasms, are even sexiness have been subjects of laboratory research by scientists and doctors. While research may satisfy the intellect, they offer no remedies or solutions because answers do not come from the lab or the mind. Matters of the heart come from the heart. So no matter much we try to analyze love, orgasms or sexiness we can only surmise what, how and why they occur. The true essence of love, orgasms and sex appeal is an internal process. Sex appeal is that elusive characteristic that attracts external attention. It is others’ unconscious reaction to your presence, your sexual energy. Sexual energy is highly developed in people of great achievement. Referred to as kundalini in Eastern philosophy, tantra awakens the kundalini through conscious sex, meditation and other ancient practices; then contains and controls the energy within the body. The final stages occur when the energy is transmuted into Universal Consciousness. Control of your body, pelvic movements, wholesome emotional attitudes and healthy thoughts are necessary steps for achieving permanent states of bliss. You can choose to be a mannequin on display, a hollow shell, empty and stiff, or you can choose to live as a genuine person, a multi-dimensional being capable of loving, giving, receiving, and sharing your heart.

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Healing the Romantic Heart
By Rev Judi Lynch

Falling in love is a rush!
Feeling the vibration of another in passion and sharing in the amazing energy it creates is a most beautiful experience! We hope that it will last forever, that feeling of being connected to another human we love. The surrealness and out-of-body feelings of two souls who collide! Some people may go their whole lives and never feel it. Some people are addicted to it and seek it out with new partnerships again and again throughout their lives. As we spiritually ascend, we are all learning how to understand these romantic thoughts, feelings and actions and apply them to our soul's purpose. Maybe in your last life, you were happily coupled and spent your life with the same person for sixty years. In this life,

however, you may have had several marriages or relationships and still are confused about your choices and their outcome. Many times thinking that you had a life partner only to find yourself alone again after several years.

It's not such an easy thing when you think you have met a kindred to have to let them go. If they do not recognize your soul connection because they are spiritually asleep or distracted by other things, you may have to move on emotionally and physically. So many people I have heard from lately have been doing just that and processing all the confusing feelings are the biggest challenge they face. Memories come flooding back of the good times charging up your energy field and you miss it. We sometimes go running back to negative situations out of fear, seeking out that "rush" only to find ourselves right back in a relationship we know is not good for us or the other person. Always ask yourself, what did I learn from this? Things may not seem so helpless or hopeless for you in romance if you always think about it in terms of your spiritual growth. I have also read and been reminded several times about "twin flames" and "kindred souls" meeting up again later in life after they have

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both worked on several personal issues or "soul themes" crucial to their purpose. They may not have been ready the first time they met, but in finding each other again years later, they discover the connection is even stronger.

Since we are all so different in our themes and purposes, it's also important to remember not to compare or believe in "society" rules on love, marriage and romance. There are also many loners among us who thrive on their lifestyle! God made us whole individuals just as we are! When we do find another to share our lives and love with, it should always be respected and celebrated. Lasting relationships require unconditional love to keep vibrant and growing and functional. Two awakened and ascending souls can be magic together! It really is happening more all the time in this new era we are living in. Hold tight to the reality that we are all in this together but we must understand our life's purpose and soul themes individually. As they say, loving ourselves and taking care of ourselves is key to truly loving and understanding another. Healing your heart from a broken romance becomes easier when you realize the spiritual reasons behind the situations. There is always a purpose to be discovered from the pain and the pleasure of it all.

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Green Living

Going Green does not mean giving up your current lifestyle. Often it is just a question of shifting your perspective and following up on the idea that lights up in your thoughts. This section is dedicated to helping us all make that shift.

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The earth is what we all have in common. ~ Wendell Barry

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF MOTHER EARTH by Ernest Callenbach I. Thou shall love and honor the Earth for it blesses thy life and governs thy survival. II. Thou shall keep each day sacred to the Earth and celebrate the turning of its seasons. III. Thou shall not hold thyself above other living things nor drive them to extinction. IV. Thou shall give thanks for thy food, to the creatures and plants that nourish thee. V. Thou shall educate thy offspring for multitudes of people are a blessing unto the Earth when we live in harmony. VI. Thou shall not kill, nor waste Earth's riches upon weapons of war. VII. Thou shall not pursue profit at the Earth's expense but strive to restore its damaged majesty. VIII. Thou shall not hide from thyself or others the consequences of thy actions upon the Earth. IX. Thou shall not steal from future generations by impoverishing or poisoning the Earth. X. Thou shall consume material goods in moderation so all may share the Earth's bounty.

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Useless by fun facts about Food
Milk chocolate was invented by Daniel Peter, who sold the concept to his neighbor Henri Nestlé. Three quarters of fish caught are eaten – the rest is used to make things such as glue, soap, margarine and fertilizer. To make one kilo of honey bees have to visit 4 million flowers, traveling a distance equal to 4 times around the earth. Botanically speaking, the banana is an herb and the tomato is a fruit.

The Top Ways to Become a Conscious Eater
By Maria Khalife'
Our world is so fast paced, and fast food driven, that the main reason for food - enjoyment and nutrition - has fallen to the wayside. I think it's a great idea to return to a slower time, prepare more meals at home, eat with family and friends and make better choices about eating. 1. Begin by being open, curious and kind with yourself and your choices. 2. Recognize that breaking free from the pain of overweight is mainly a desire to find a rhythm, an order, and a natural push for light in your life. 3. Why Do You Overeat? Do you eat to fill emotional voids? Do you eat to ward off pain and anger? Do you feel guilty after eating a meal in which you couldn't control your appetite? 4. It's Not About the Food. Obesity is not a disease, but a symptom of one or more underlying emotional issues, and those emotional issues can be resolved. 5. Our thoughts create our reality. See your body as the miracle it is. Love it, and it will nourish your life. 6. Quit Thinking "I Am Fat". If you are thinking how fat you are with every bite, with every waking moment, you are feeding your subconscious mind the idea, "I'm fat." That's what it will give you. 7. Conscious Eating. Pay attention to the foods you buy, prepare, and eat. You'll free yourself from destructive habits. Rather than leaving the table feeling overstuffed and lethargic, you'll be energized and full of positive energy. 8. Check in With Yourself. Listen more closely to your own rhythms, habits, and needs. Are you hungry emotionally or physically? You'll be less likely to fall into spiraling habits of mindless eating and poor food choices when you know why you're hungry... 9. Use Affirmations to Heal. From Louise Hay: In order to permanently eliminate a condition, we must first work to dissolve the mental cause of it and replace it with a new pattern that is healthier and supportive. This is why affirmation is a good tool to help you overcome certain conditions especially if you are experiencing resistance in your desired area to reach your goal. 10. Four Key Tips. Look forward to your food. Slow down. Listen to your environment. Let go of physical tension. 11. Don't Skip Meals. If you choose too low a calorie count or eat unbalanced meals, you will create binge eating for yourself. Eat three healthy meals daily. 12. Eat in a Relaxed Atmosphere. It's simple. Remove all distractions and focus on the enjoyment of the food. This creates consciousness about what you are eating. 13. Lower the Emotional Load. If you've got emotions broiling before, during or after a meal, postpone eating until you return to normal. 14. Do You Know When You're Full? This one tip can prevent you from too much intake. During your meal ask yourself (fork on the table please) How full am I right now? You can train yourself to make less food enough food to satisfy you. You are the best helper you could possibly be to focus your attention on the food you eat and enjoy. It's my strong hope these tips will help you along this journey.

In the middle Ages, sugar was a treasured luxury costing 9 times as much as milk.

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method of trade and currency. The word “salad” also originated from “salt,” and began with the early Romans salting their leafy greens and vegetables. Undeniably, the history of salt is both broad ranging and unique, leaving its indelible mark in cultures across the globe.

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As far back as 6050 BC, salt has been an important and  integral part of the world’s history, as it has been  interwoven into the daily  lives of countless historic civilizations. Used as a part of Egyptian religious offerings  and valuable trade between the Phoenicians and their Mediterranean empire, salt and history have been inextricably intertwined for millennia, with great importance placed on salt by many different races and cultures of people. Even today, the history of salt touches our daily lives. The word “salary” was derived from the word “salt.” Salt was highly valued and its production was legally restricted in ancient times, so it was historically used as a

every cell of your body contains salt an adult human body contains about 250 grams to maintain the normal volume of blood and digest food salt is used in manufacturing an estimated 14,000 products. salt was used to preserve Egyptian mummies until relatively recently, salt bars were the standard currency of Ethiopia in old Japanese theatres, salt was sprinkled on to the stage before each performance to prevent evil spirits from casting a spell on the actors.

Salt's ability to preserve food was a foundation of civilization. It eliminated the dependence on the seasonal availability of food and it allowed travel over long distances. It was also a desirable food seasoning. However, salt was difficult to obtain, and so it was a highly valued trade item, which followed the pull of economics along salt roads such as the via Salaria in Italy, some of which had been established in the Bronze age.

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60 uses for salt
Although you may not realize it, simple table salt has a great number of uses other than simply seasoning your food. The following list will give you sixty uses of salt, many of which you probably didn't realize: 1. Soak stained hankies in salt water before washing. 2. Sprinkle salt on your shelves to keep ants away. 3. Soak fish in salt water before descaling; the scales will come off easier. 4. Put a few grains of rice in your salt shaker for easier pouring. 5. Add salt to green salads to prevent wilting.

6. Test the freshness of eggs in a cup of salt water; fresh eggs sink; bad ones float. 7. Add a little salt to your boiling water when cooking eggs; a cracked egg will stay in its shell this way. 8. A tiny pinch of salt with egg whites makes them beat up fluffier. 9. Soak wrinkled apples in a mildly salted water solution to perk them up. 10. Rub salt on your pancake griddle and your flapjacks won't stick. 11. Soak toothbrushes in salt water before you first use them; they will last longer. 12. Use salt to clean your discolored coffee pot. 13. Mix salt with turpentine to whiten you bathtub and toilet bowl.

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14. Soak your nuts in salt brine overnight and they will crack out of their shells whole. Just tap the end of the shell with a hammer to break it open easily. 15. Boil clothespins in salt water before using them and they will last longer. 16. Clean brass, copper and pewter with paste made of salt and vinegar, thickened with flour 17. Add a little salt to the water your cut flowers will stand in for a longer life. 18. Pour a mound of salt on an ink spot on your carpet; let the salt soak up the stain. 19. Clean your iron by rubbing some salt on the damp cloth on the ironing surface. 20. Adding a little salt to the water when cooking foods in a double boiler will make the food cook faster. 21. Use a mixture of salt and lemon juice to clean

piano keys. 22. To fill plaster holes in your walls, use equal parts of salt and starch, with just enough water to make a stiff putty. 23. Rinse a sore eye with a little salt water. 24. Mildly salted water makes an effective mouthwash. Use it hot for a sore throat gargle. 25. Dry salt sprinkled on your toothbrush makes a good tooth polisher. 26. Use salt for killing weeds in your lawn. 27. Eliminate excess suds with a sprinkle of salt. 28. A dash of salt in warm milk makes a more relaxing beverage. 29. Before using new glasses, soak them in warm salty water for awhile. 30. A dash of salt enhances the taste of tea. 31. Salt improves the taste of cooking apples. 32. Soak your clothes line in salt water to prevent your clothes from freezing to the line; likewise, use salt in your final rinse to prevent the clothes from freezing. 33. Rub any wicker furniture you may have with salt water to prevent yellowing. 34. Freshen sponges by soaking them in salt water. 35. Add raw potatoes to stews and soups that are too salty. 36. Soak enamel pans in salt water overnight and boil salt water in them next day to remove burned-on stains. 37. Clean your greens in salt water for easier removal of dirt. 38. Gelatin sets more quickly when a dash of salt is added. 39. Fruits put in mildly salted water after peeling will not discolor. 40. Fabric colors hold fast in salty water wash. 41. Milk stays fresh longer when a little salt is added. 42. Use equal parts of salt and soda for brushing your teeth. 43. Sprinkle salt in your oven before scrubbing

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clean. 44. Soaked discolored glass in a salt and vinegar solution to remove stains.. 45. Clean greasy pans with a paper towel and salt. 46. Salty water boils faster when cooking eggs. 47. Add a pinch of salt to whipping cream to make it whip more quickly. 48. Sprinkle salt in milkscorched pans to remove odor. 49. A dash of salt improves the taste of coffee. 50. Boil mismatched hose in salty water and they will come out matched. 51. Salt and soda will sweeten the odor of your refrigerator. 52. Cover wine-stained fabric with salt; rinse in cool water later.

53. Remove offensive odors from stove with salt and cinnamon. 54. A pinch of salt improves the flavor of cocoa. 55. To remove grease stains in clothing, mix one part salt to four parts alcohol. 56. Salt and lemon juice removes mildew. 57. Sprinkle salt between sidewalk bricks where you don't want grass growing. 58. Polish your old kerosene lamp with salt for a better look. 59. Remove odors from sink drainpipes with a strong, hot solution of salt water. 60. If a pie bubbles over in your oven, put a handful of salt on top of the spilled juice.

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The Enlightened Path
A Collection of Readings and Channeled Messages to Help Guide Your Steps

The Astro-Sage

The Astro-Sage
By Chris Anderson/Onefeather

Looking at the Heavenly Climate for May 2010...
“Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.~ the squaring of the Sun and the Winged One to Mighty Mars in Leo has made this a time when those in the Earthly realm experience a cycle of unanticipated inner anger as well as resistance to forward momentum. Freedom will be realized after the tension of Mars squaring the Ringed Teacher, Saturn, on the 3rd of May, enhanced by a trine between the Messenger planet and Lord Pluto, unfolds. Perhaps a volcanic release? The chela who forces their passage toward the future might meet unexpected reprisal; discretion's advised. The growing sextile of Faire Venus to the Mighty Mars over the coming days is fulfilled on the 7th, and harmony unfolds. Chatty Venus in Gemini seduces the Warrior in Leo, temporarily replacing the edge the Charioteer brings. Social activity is favored and trysts could arise! And yet in the midst of celebration, the Moon in marriage with Jupiter and Uranus opposes Saturn... a potential for global shifts it will bring: governments in chaos and land movements could result in radical change. The 11th of May, rejoicing and laughter! Mercury returns and the Pilgrim advances. Slowly momentum is gained as the stationary direct phase completes. Lost items are discovered, to the chela's delight! Those who are wise examine their purses, balancing the checkbook is sound routine. The Goddess of the Night slips into obscurity on May 13th, newing within the cycle of fertile spring. Farmers, gardeners poets and prophets, plant your seeds with
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Greeting Pilgrims!

Merrily the Month of May enters with celestial storms that will eventually produce an abundance of flowering growth. The seeker is advised to exercise patience; tugging at the grass will not make it grow more quickly. Shadows of the fulling of the Moon in Scorpio on the 26th through into the 27th of April continue to bring hidden agendas to the surface, both those of others as well as the personal self. Mercury's continuing retrograde and

expectation of bountiful return! The Sun in square to the Moon on the 17th renews the tension in the heavenly dance... while Venus advances to enter Cancer, squaring Jupiter, Uranus in opposition to Saturn. The might of the T-Square formed over the next 3 days will have impact for those whose path is away from Light. This is an edgy configuration, seekers should exercise caution in crowds and gatherings... for the Maiden progresses to oppose Vulcan in this passage. Wisdom dictates the chela retiring, at least for another 5 days! By the 21st the series of combative reactions will begin to diminish, and order is slowly restored across the land. As the calender continues, the Orb of the darkness (in trine to Venus) joins Mercury as it comes in trine to Pluto... calmer days and the unfolding of Springtime delights! May 27th and Uranus leaves Pisces with the fulling of the Goddess in Sagittarius. Red grows the Warrior in Leo, contesting Neptune in Aquarius while Saturn continues to oppose Uranus and Jupiter... stress blankets the Earth, and powerful times of change are at hand. As is the nature of mankind's journey, some shall gain and some will see loss. This is a very powerful full moon with a dynamic that reaches beyond the moment... careful regard and prayerful intention will see the seeker advance through the plight! A door is opened and those who seek humanity's harmony must call forth the Light. The end of the month of May brings somewhat calming influences, with the Moon trining Saturn in sextile to Jupiter and ending the conflict, at least for the night. May is a month of major shifts and conflicts, and the seeker must be prepared to advance on instinct, intuition and faith...

trust in one's connection to Spirit will be a shield and comfort as the Universe advances to reform our futures. Inner focus is the theme and all who are mindful will begin to sense the new directions we must set our sights upon! The beginnings of transformation are at hand. In the words of the Buddha, “On life's journey Faith is nourishment, Virtuous deeds are a shelter, Wisdom is the light by day and Right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life nothing can destroy him; If he has conquered greed nothing can limit his freedom.” BlessingLight&Love from the Celestial Ashram... In Humble recognition of our shared Divinity The AstroSage~ “Men should take their knowledge from the Sun, the Moon and the Stars.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~ The AstroSage (aka Onefeather) can be contacted at: Onefeather@Charter.net His webpage and the services he offers is located at: http://martyswingnuts.com/Page_7.html

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CLEARING
The energies and directions for the month of May continues April’s theme of re-formation and evolve around clearing of past vows, connections, relationships and the stuff of form, keeping in mind, this month, that many of us are experiencing what I would call a “flowthrougth™.” As we all experience, at some level, these transformational and transitional times, this “flowthrough™” that so many of us are experiencing, but not necessarily talking about, can cause a sense of anxiety or unsettledness as well as concern about “What the heck is going on with me?” So many times we find ourselves mentally off on some jaunt where we even wonder where the heck that came from. It is important in May that we capture these feelings, understand there is such a thing as “flowthrough™” and erase or clear them off of our lines. In ancient times, there was a lot of flowthrough™, but at the level of survival consciousness it was just “from the gods,” or just from “the dreamtime” but now even the experience of the most unenlightened or unaware person today who may still be dealing with survival consciousness, is at a much higher level than ever before imagined. In analyzing or Oming what this “flowthrough™” is, you can understand it better if you believe, or even simply understand, what reincarnation is, what parallel universes are and can conceptualize that everything that ever has happened is happening right here, right now in synchronous time. This is the time to clear the decisions, vows, beliefs, purposes, experiences that you have chosen in those other forms or even non-form experiences. It’s time to come clean and divorce yourself from all long held beliefs, concerns or understandings and look at them in a new light or perspective to see if they still work for you. We are at a stage of human consciousness where we have the potential for everything new upon us. Our guides and angels are constantly sending us information and messages, personal and planetary and you can connect with that if you will just stop! The mind drives us insanely on, listen to it! And while it has its place and has its value, we must learn to disidentify with the mind and clear/erase what is stored that we intuitively know has no relevance to who we are or what we are doing at this time. “So, Darity,” you say “how do we do that?” I say let’s practice this month to catch ourselves when we find our mind has taken

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us down a path, any path that is other than planning what we need to do. You know very well what I am talking about: the scenarios the mind plays that really have nothing to do with anything…what we shoulda, coulda, woulda done. Catch it, stop it and clear it now! Just say “I erase all of that!!! It has no meaning for me and who I am.” And bring yourself back to present time, back to the moment, back to the NOW! I catch myself sometimes on such a trip, all made up by the mind and it just floors me, when I catch it, how really odd what the mind is playing is different from my “normal”  self, assuming there is any such thing as a normal mind meanderings. But this stuff is new and, therefore, I pass this on to you that this is what May is about for those of us paying attention to the forces at play in the universe at this time. It is also a time for clearing our physical life of unwanted and unneeded people and things. We all, myself included, find it hard to get rid of “things” and of course, the hardest of all, people and relationships. But one way of clearing is to do what Abraham calls “pivoting” and that’s where you stop thinking about what you don’t want and start thinking about what you do want. In order to clear a situation it is best to say to yourself “What do I want?” Then, as soon as you know what you want, you can flow your energy into that construct and its effect is clearing, moving beyond that stuck situation. Clear the clutter of your life this month, your heart, your spirit, your mind, your body. Open to letting the Ascended Masters and your Angels help you – just ask and they are there. They love you beyond measure and are available to be of service to you in your clearing this month. Connecting with heart energy will get us all through this clearing time. Let your mantra for this month be: I clear freely, enthusiastically, fearlessly as I grasp this opportunity to expand my consciousness ever more…And So It Is!!!

Darity Wesley is the Founder and Chief Spiritual Revivalist at ReviveYourSpirit™ based in San Diego, California. You can contact her at Darity@ReviveYourSpirit.org. If you wish to subscribe to Darity’s Daily Oracles, just go to www.ReviveYourSpirit.org and send an email, simply put “Subscribe” in the subject line © 2010 Darity Wesley. All Rights Reserved.
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ENERGY
Blue ay Healing

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Incoming Energies May 2010 by Deb Graves/Araznu
This editions channeled image tells of peace, calm and balance approaching which will be a welcomed change from the highs and lows of the past few Months. The intense Earth activity with all of the earthquakes, solar flares and geomagnetic storms that have affected many people. Symptoms from the Solar activity that have been reported to me were, ones of feeling totally drained, to anxiety and pacing with the fight or flight responses in full alert. Many are finding that they are more connected than ever before and sensing these vibrations well in advance. My personal experience has been to ground the energies or to sit and meditate and allow them to flow through me.

Peace, Love, Calm by Araznu / Deb Graves

The peace, calm and balance is coming in upon waves of aquamarine energy. I have already noticed those sensitive to the vibrations changing their wardrobe from Magenta and fuchsia, connected to unconditional love, to ones of soft pastel blue greens and aquamarine, instinctively knowing of the changes that are about to occur.

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Crystal choices for the incoming energies.
Aquamarine and Amazonite are both of the incoming blue green vibration. Aquamarine is credited with being calming and cooling like a waterfall flowing over you, it can also encourage clarity into inner knowing. Amazonite on the other hand is said to bring harmony and peace, so both stones are appropriate for assisting to bring in the new energies. Last year (2009) I painted "The Crystal Chakras" and in this image it shows of the new chakra between the sacral and root chakra, the colour of this was magenta.

This energy being connected with unconditional love and the re-birthing of the new earth vibration which have been pouring over the earth. Above the solar plexus there was another chakra to appear of a beautiful turquoise or aquamarine colour. It appears to be in the center of our being, hence feeling centered.

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Beyond Our DifferencesThe Documentary
Beyond Our Differences, a documentary film conceived and directed by Peter Bisanz, explores the positive role of faith in the world today and the fundamental unity of the world’s religions. In what context do faith and religion play principal roles in inspiring our collective people toward a more peaceful and compassionate humanity. View trailer below.
MOVIE INSPIRED BY THE POET RUMMI

“We have the same goal and the same message to create a better human being,” The Dalai Lama.

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The Original Documentary, a must see.

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Digital Media
Raising Humanity
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"A human being is part of the whole, called by us "universe," limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons close to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from our prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all humanity and the whole of nature in its beauty." ~Albert Einstein

Personal Growth & Development

CHANGING OUR ASSOCIATIONS
By Mary Cook, M.A., R.A.S. Our psychological associations to goals have a significant effect on whether we achieve them or not. Personal growth requires discipline. Yet many of us have negative associations to limits, rules and structure. Sometimes resistance or rebellion against discipline stems from past painful reactions to abusive or hypocritical role models of discipline. Alternatively it can come from positive or loving associations to someone who was overly permissive and enabling with us. Furthermore, if we are perfectionist in our discipline, faltering can be fatal to our goal. Although as adults, we can intellectually understand how healthy realistic observance and compliance with rules and structure leads to freedoms, opportunities and achievements, our earlier associations may prevent us from this success. We may have a goal of exercise, healthy eating, and/or quitting smoking, in order to lose weight and overcome disease. But if we internalized negative associations about our body from past abuse, endangerment or neglect, a deep feeling of unworthiness may well sabotage our efforts for greater health. Occasionally childhood sexual abuse leads to compulsive overeating and obesity. The subconscious mind perceives the weight as a necessary buffer between us, and others who might hurt us, and also as a barrier against unwanted sexual attention. Or perhaps we failed to receive sufficient positive attention in childhood, and developed a pattern of overeating in an attempt to compensate for this. Cake and ice cream can’t love us, but our minds may associate foods with comfort, reward and pleasure, and associate healthy eating with deprivation. When we have suffered significant mistreatment or neglect early in life, a defense of entitlement can arise. If people and things hurt us in the past, we might expect compensation from people and things now.

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esteem, and have negative or fear based associations to personal and family closeness. We may have lacked healthy role models not only for positive relationships with significant others, but also with ourselves, and therefore feel that we would fail at this. Or if we have problems with anger management, but associate anger and intimidation with the avoidance of painful earlier feelings of being over-controlled, abused, or humiliated, we may not overcome our anger issues until we change our associations. When we give our attention to how we think others should change, we are avoiding painful, personal vulnerability and awareness of our own faults and problems. The hallmark of addictions, compulsions and other unhealthy patterns is denial. Denial exists in all of the problems that I’ve discussed here. Denial tells us that our sick habits are acceptable. Denial tells us that a future time is a better time to change than now. Denial says that something magical requiring no effort or difficulty on our part, will occur and all problems will disappear. It tells us that we can reach our goals without surrendering the character defects that keep them hidden. Denial finally convinces us to relinquish healthy goals entirely, preferring apathy, bitterness, indifference and passivity over personal growth.

Therefore, we refuse to take healthy personal responsibility, because it should be someone else's job. This belief keeps us in a childhood dependent state. Many people that are able to take actions toward wellness, fail to do so because they want other people, agencies or institutions to provide for them. Codependents who voluntarily assume excessive responsibility for others, find that dependent adults refuse to improve and often worsen, despite their assistance. Furthermore, dependent adults with an entitlement defense, are ultimately hostile toward their caretakers. Thus entitlement only strengthens feelings of anger, hurt, helplessness and envy, thereby preventing resolution and recovery. Sometimes our failures to achieve goals are due to avoidant behaviors. We may be unable to relinquish workaholism, for instance, in spite of increasing stress, because we associate professional achievements with positive

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When we observe healthy children, we understand that we have an innate, instinctive desire for learning, solving problems, overcoming obstacles and evolving continuously. This is how we acquire positive esteem, joy and fulfillment in life, and how we realize our full potential as spiritual beings. It requires more energy to hold ourselves hostage to fear and defenses, than to relinquish them and move forward. If we decide to give up misery and stagnation, we need to change our associations to the things that keep us enslaved to unhealthy habits. We must practice healthy discipline to move from childhood dependent states, to recognizing the current role models, resources, knowledge and support that we have to assist us toward positive goals. We need to surrender entitlement, and experience the privilege and rewards of healing ourselves and helping others. We must recognize that avoiding what ails us gives it more power, and blaming others who mistreated us, keeps us prisoners of their sickness and makes it ours.

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WORLD VISION
When you look at the view of Earth from space, you are immediately in awe of what you do see: the incredible beauty of Creation. It is not until you look closer that you realize what you do not see. You do not see lines partitioning countries. You do not see separation between races. You do not see division between religions. You do not see the walls people build to isolate themselves from each other. There is just One Planet. There is only One Humanity. This section is dedicated to introducing thoughts and ideas to foster a greater understanding of Humanity’s interdependence.

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Short Stories

Twin Telepathy
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The Psychic Twins, Terry and Linda Jamison

“This life has been a test. If it had been an actual life, you would have received actual instructions on where to go and what to do.” ~ My So-Called Life

More and more, our life is becoming like a TV reality show…it’s like Ghost Whisperer meets The Surreal Life! This past week we had a remarkable trip to Denver, Colorado, where we delivered the opening keynote speech to kick off the MOMS (Mothers of Multiples) convention. It was at the scenic Inverness Resort. We will post highlights when we get the video. The topic was “Twin Telepathy,” and who knows better than yours truly when it comes to that? Thank you to CPOM and all the lovely multiple moms-- it was delightful! (The altitude does take a bit of getting used to). We knew it was going to be a crazy time as soon as our shuttle picked us up for the airport. LAX had been shut down, and re-opened just as we got there. The night before, a terrorist had been arrested in Denver for trying to light his shoes (or something) on fire mid-flight. We predicted this, by the way, on Coast to Coast A.M. Our shuttle driver was a wonderful man from Lebanon who had been kidnapped three times by Palestinians in that country. He related a story of how he won the lottery twice, 13

years apart, on the same day! This guy had such a light about him—a real joie de vivre. The three of us were kibitzing with each other like an old vaudeville act. Even with all his winnings, which amounted to over $350,000, he continues to drive his van seven days a week because he loves it. What a spirit! Once we got to the airport, we were standing in line when we met a comic named Carmen. She was so funny, and when she said she tap-danced, Terry urged her to show us a little shuffle-off-to-buffalo. Without missing a beat, Carmen dropped her bags and one of the stewardesses handed her a microphone. Carmen launched into her stand-up act right there in the airport, finishing with a split! We were in hysterics. Speaking of shuffling to buffalo, we did get to see a whole field full of them while in Denver. In American Indian tradition, the buffalo symbolizes OM-Times Magazine January 2010 Edition

abundance, peace, and honoring your sacred path. A big thank-you to our friend Frank for the guided tour! On our return trip at the Denver airport, we encountered a wonderful woman dressed in an airport security uniform named Denay. She had a poof of red-orange braids piled on top of her head, and wore gold wire-rimmed glasses. Denay suddenly appeared out of nowhere to help Terry with her bag. Terry told her, “You are truly an angel!” Linda felt compelled to take her hand and said to her, “You should be a pastor!” Denay burst into tears, and said, “You have no idea what you just did. I gave notice this week here at work so that I could pursue my dream of becoming a pastor!” She gave us both big hugs with tears streaming down her face. Linda said “You also had someone else in your family who was a pastor.” Denay looked amazed. “My late father was a pastor too!” she said. Now we were all crying. “Your telling me that is a confirmation from God that I am doing the right thing. Thank you both so, so much.” Just goes to show that you can meet earth angels anywhere. Returning home, we barely had time to unpack, when the earthquake we predicted for China this year happened. The 7.2 shaker has sadly caused more than 800 deaths, and we ask everyone to send prayers to those in the affected area. We have predicted most of the biggest earthquakes in the world this year. See our website for a complete list of our predictions: www.psychictwins.com. Terry and Linda The Psychic Twins www.psychictwins.com

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Which Bird are you?
21 Jan - 17 Feb

Robin

The cool exterior disguises a fiery temper and is very opinionated - although those opinions are not always shared by everyone. They are proud and particularly home-loving, although have a tendency to be quarrelsome.
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18 Feb - 17 March Goldfinch Goldfinch people are colorful characters who are sensitive and always alert. They are gregarious by nature and love being in groups of people, which offers them security. They need to find an outlet for their imaginative abilities or they are sometimes being in danger of becoming nervous and irritable. 18 March - 14 April Hawk A powerful individual which displays courage

And a sometimes ruthless determination. Avoids problematical obstacles with skill, although must be fully targeted so as not to waste energy in fruitless chases for the impossible. 15 April - 12 May Albatross The Albatross has a tendency to have a mind that wanders, but when in search of a particular goal, will travel great lengths to achieve it. Occasionally, the albatross may become caught up in things it shouldn't

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8 July- 4 August Nightingale More often heard before being seen, nightingales always have something to say for themselves. They are however very much in tune with their partners. Their unimpressive exterior hides a personality that is just waiting to burst out. 5 August - 1 Sept Kingfisher Another flamboyant and colorful character that is always exciting to encounter. They rush around at great speed and have a close spiritual affinity with water. They have a sharp and perceptive head on them, but can make them impetuous enough to dive in where others would fear to go. 2 Sept - 29 Sept Swan The swan has a complex character. While appearing on the surface as a calm and relaxed individual, underneath they are working hard to keep up with the pace of modern life. If provoked their natural graceful demeanor can give way to a violent temper which puts them in a flap. They are definitely someone to have on your side.

when not seeing clearly enough. 13 May - 9 June Dove Peace-loving by nature, doves will bill and coo about things close to their heart. They enjoy a fulfilling love-life and rarely fail to satisfy. They are also patient, adaptable and personable. Their lack of aggression sometimes makes them the victim of more predatory characters. 10 June- 7 July Eagle The Eagle is a well-respected figure which has excellent visionary qualities. Eagles will truck no nonsense and will fix opponents with a powerful stare. They have the power to rise above the trivial aspects of humanity, and are highly talented.

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30 Sept - 27 Oct Woodpecker The Woodpecker is a tough, hard-working character with plenty of stamina. He has no problem drumming up support for their ideas, no matter how wacky they seem. With a lateral-thinking mind they are skilled at dissecting problems and seeing the wood for the trees. However, with their noisy and exuberant lifestyle, you might not want to have one as a neighbor.

problem-solvers. They enjoy challenges are stimulated by wild and exposed places. 24 Dec - 20 Jan Heron Heron people are deceptive. Although they may be solitary individuals for much of the time, they nevertheless have a need to settle in busy communities where they know everyone else. They may get bogged down as they wade the course of life, but have broad enough shoulders to cope with weighty issues. But their insecure nature often leads them to fish for compliments.

28 Oct - 24 Nov Kestrel a sharp brain helps kestrel people hover from one subject to another without losing concentration. They focus on their life's goal with a single-minded focus, not flustered by what is going on around them. A confidence in their own ability helps them to soar to heights others may only dream of. 25 Nov - 23 Dec Raven Always impressive, raven people are a tower of strength. They are more intelligent than their peers and are adept

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Poetry

one of those
in this moment of grace I say my thanks because to notice things like all poets do those intricate gears and subtle details to describe a color without any paint to fashion an instant upon a landscape then whirl around and lift off the ground into another dimension of time or emotions where tears may fall or grins grow wide was no simple task but an act, of grace love is felt, and shared wounds are open then healed, as fantasy and imagined worlds dream their way into language revealing a unity of community and passion is revered and nearly every act of humanity becomes observed evidence displays of compassion within social and political worldviews aspects of reality parody, and parable, instinctively pivots patterns of behavior and I am blessed and thankful to be measured …as one of those

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By Debbie

Choose Love

Camarda

Love is so powerful that it transcends all time all tragedy all betrayal all heartache.

Have no misgivings in love because Love is always the right Path to take.

When in doubt or rage or hurt or sadness, you can still choose Love. Do not fear your feelings, just allow them. And choose Love anyway. Om OM-Times.com

Not Alone
Wandering away from the smoke filled streets to where the open water laps the shoreline in the gentle breeze, creating occasional whitecaps
 on the sparkling surface of the churning body below. By John Edwards Wandering away from the smoke filled streets 
to where the open water laps the shoreline 


Resting with my back against the Mighty Oak,
 feeling its roots become my own, reaching deep for its nourishment, providing support for the trunk
 and branches which they will require to grow higher.

Peering through Pussy Willow buds, and the others, not yet weeping, but looking quite content to allow the warmth of the sun to draw the flowing nectar 
for the feeding of young leaves and new growth.

Allowing all the tensions to drain as I feel your hand
 at the back of my neck, quietly encouraging, just being there, at my side; I can feel you too. There’s no such place as far away anymore. Coming home.
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I see you through your armor, tough look and your loud voice. I see you through your hunched shoulders and your small voice. I see you through your cold eyes and your indifferent manner. I see you through your moist eyes telling stories of hurt and misunderstanding. I see you through your words stating that you are separate from others.

I See YOU
I see you how you react when you hear words of love, support, healing, and understanding. I see you asking with your eyes saying how can I experience more joy? I see you as I see myself both drops from the same ocean. I see you as I see myself both with the same desire in our hearts. I see you as I see myself both learning how to connect again with the Source.
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The warm, soothing rain of thy love Washes me smooth as polished stone And then turns me from a cold, Hard, polished stone Into clay so fine, so moldable That once again, I am transformed. From clay so fine I am transformed into the warmest wood – So green and bendable That my leafy shape matches thine In every branch and curve, But then, again, I change. I change from warmest wood Into bones and flesh, sinew and heart – I am a woman now with The warmth of the wood, The softness of the clay, And the strength of the stone. And in my heart-of-hearts I feel thee, Every sigh, and tender touch – Every elation, every freedom is Amplified a thousand-fold In the knowledge that though we be apart, We are one.

©Marina Phillips 4 April - 2010
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No wonder it's called Rosella Tomato Sauce — they're that red, lined up on the wide rail. But their yellow-green wings can't be compared to any tree or grass, or even the ferns crowding up and over the high verandah They are unique, and have their own colour. Bright. Bold. In your face like the big Reconciliation badge I wear: red, green and yellow, black and white. "Walking Together" it says. And we sit together, a circle of Australians, indigenous and non. We sit together talking, even after the last light strikes the opposite hill in a sudden blaze. We're dreaming up a monument, a reminder of who came first — something to touch, like the rock or tree that has always been the place to speak to ancestral spirits. We dream it could heal all hearts. We invent phrases, like, "Walk with this spirit." Somebody mentions earth. Grey beard, gentle eyes, brown face, a man of measured words. "What do you mean exactly when you say earth?" I ask, flushed and earnest, wanting to get it right. "Australia? This bit of land? Or the whole planet?" For the first time, he stammers. "All that. The earth supports us. She is our Mother!" His eyes fill with tears. We fall silent. On the rail, the Rosellas jostle. The forested valley begins to grow dark. We sit together, sipping coffee, watching one green patch of shared, beloved earth.

Walk With This Spirit
(A meeting of the Kingscliff-Cudgen Reconciliation Circle)

© Rosemary Nissen-Wade 2000
First published Secret Leopard: New and selected poems 19742005, Alyscamps Press (Paris) 2005

The Time Returns after St. Symeon
Come blessed one, blow forth blessed oneness. Come attunement of vowels and sound. Come holy knowing. Come throb and magnetize to earth's music. Ground sacred spiraling to sky from core. Come radiant eye. Come blonde ascension and dimensional dawn. Come resurrected subtle body. Fuse and recombine our DNA. Come mightest alignment, flowing motion and flowering. Radiate circles of golden chi. Oh window of the miraculous, raise my bliss, seal my blues! Dear one, Come. And come deep comprehension of all othering done. Turn wheel of release, wheel of insufferable sorrow. Come starry pillar and spinal stairway. Breath and elevate us to intake and output of natural law. Come sway of treetops and linen clouds. Arrive estranged twin, my highest self. Oh come now, galactic grok! The times return to meld and dwell, merge and emerge. Come filament, come sew and sough through my hand and heart. Take hold muscular light, Blakean body. And so it is. And so it is. And so it is.

By Deborah deNicola

Human Nature
Aromatic earth, Energetic air, Often I wander and find myself there.

Where trees coalesce to greet me, I guess, My senses embrace the pleasure in Grace.

The beauty surrounds as I remind myself that The Sacred within me is also without.

Debbie Lawlor Camarda Poem and photograph © Debbie Camarda, April 2010

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Spiritual Destinations
Celebrate the Feast of Beltane in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man on May 1st. Beltane is a cross-quarter day, marking the midpoint in the Sun's progress between the spring equinox and summer solstice. It marks the beginning of the pastoral summer season. In Ireland, great bonfires celebrating Beltane marked a time of purification and transition. They were meant to usher the spirit of fertility to ensure a good harvest later in the year. These bonfires were accompanied with ritual acts to bring protection to the people from any harm by Otherworldly spirits. A revived Beltane Fire Festival has been held every year since 1988 during the night of 30 April (May's Eve) on Calton Hill in Edinburgh, Scotland and attended by up to 15,000 people. It receives academic support from the School of Scottish Studies Beltane Fire - Loreena McKennitt

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Celebrate the Feast of Beltane in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man
at the University of Edinburgh. The Beltane Fire Society, a registered charity which runs the festival, and all the performers are volunteers.

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Author Biography Gina Alzate is a Cruise Planner and Owner of World Tours and Cruises, specializing in group travel for destination weddings and honeymoons, family and school reunions, corporate events, conferences and workshops at sea. She is an Online Radio Talk Show Host on TalkShoe.com and BlogTalkRadio.com, and the Broadcaster of World Radio 365. As the Metaphysical Therapy Educator with Holistic Life Designs, she leads and coordinates holistic and metaphysical workshops on land and at sea. She writes for Examiner.com as the National Holistic Travel Examiner and the Philadelphia Romance Examiner. Beltane by NaDobra Films http://www.worldtoursandcruises. com http://www.worldradio365.net

Beltane comes from the Gaelic culture and is widely observed by Neopagans, people who follow diverse modern religious movements, particularly those influenced by pre-Christian pagan beliefs of Europe. The Druids, who were known to be members of the learned Celtic society and functioned as priests for the Celtic people, have been known to create a need-fire on top of a hill during Beltane and drive the village's cattle through the fires to purify them and bring luck. Wiccans, a religious group who practice magic, are devoted to nature and ecology, and revere Gods and Goddesses, celebrate "High Beltaine" by enacting a ritual union of the May Lord and May Lady. The Isle of Man, located in the Irish Sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland, was influenced by Gaelic and Celtic cultures fro 400 AD to 700 AD. It celebrates May Day, the Feast of Beltane, to this day.

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The Matt Schoenherr Interview. Host Chris Onefeather connects with Matt Schoenherr and his latest endeavor, ZeroInspiration.com where he explores one entrepreneur’s spiritual journey through the trials and triumphs of running a small business, raising a family and the growing awareness of every day serendipity and the magic that surrounds us. “Zero Inspiration” refers to the divine inspiration we open to when we strive to clean away the emotional and mental junk and return to a zero state. Matt is a lively and lucid chap who is on a mission of awakening both himself and others. This is a fun and insightful discussion that is sure to give the listener a few new ideas worth examining!

Currently on Onefeather Journal Radio The Ann Taylor Interview. Join host Chris Onefeather as he dialogues with healer Ann Taylor. Ann is the founder of Inner Healing, Inc. and an internationally-known energy healer and teacher. Her work by phone is as effective as her work in person. Ann's profound gift is to facilitate your healing on a genetic, cellular, emotional, mental, spiritual, and past life level. Her work eliminates belief systems that no longer serve you and imprints ones that do. The results are more health, wealth, and happiness in your life. This is an opportunity to experience the potentially profound effects of a gifted spiritual healer, so do call in and have Ann transform your life!
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Healing Begins with Thought
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I This month we decided to look at healing from a new perspective - where it actually begins. In the beginning there was G man and he was without sickness. The bible says sickness came as a result of sin and as I know understand it - being U hurtful, abusive, angry, hostile, negative could be considered an act of war and sin against Humanity – the humanity R that lives within you. There is much evidence to suggest that our thoughts and emotional state of being are directly E related to our physical - mental - spiritual well being. Dr. Deepak Chopra’s book Quantum Healing took many of us on the greatest adventure of life – as we begin inward exploration for solutions & healing, we are now realizing we 1 have more control over individual health and wellbeing. Dr. Chopra’s book, Quantum Healing begins to explore the connection of our micro / macro universe (we call it our body) to our mind and conscious intent.

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Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind Combining current research of Western medicine, neuroscience, and physics with the insights of Ayurvedic theory, Dr Deepak Chopra shows how the human body is controlled by a 'network of intelligence' a network that has the power to defeat cancer, heart This is an extraordinary new approach to healing by an extraordinary physician-writer - a book filled with the mystery, wonder, and hope of people who have experienced seemingly miraculous recoveries from cancer and other serious illnesses. Dr Deepak Chopra, a respected New England endocrinologist, began his search for answers when he saw patients in his own practice who completely recovered after being given only a few months to live. In the mid-1980s he returned to his native India to study Ayurveda, humanity's most ancient healing tradition. Now he has brought together the current research of Western medicine, neuroscience, and physics with the insights of Ayurvedic theory to show that the human body is controlled by a 'network of intelligence' grounded in quantum reality. Not a superficial psychological state, this intelligence lies deep enough to change the basic patterns that design our physiology - with the potential to defeat cancer, heart disease, and even aging itself. In this inspiring and pioneering work, Dr Chopra offers us both a fascinating intellectual journey and a deeply moving chronicle of hope and healing. http://www.chopra.com/aboutus
Om Times Magazine May 2010

Life
Is What You Make It

From composer, musician, and philanthropist Peter Buffett comes a warm, wise, and inspirational book that asks, Which will you choose: the path of least resistance or the path of potentially greatest satisfaction? You may think that with a last name like his, Buffett has enjoyed a life of endless privilege. But the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett says that the only real inheritance handed down from his parents was a philosophy: Forge your own path in life. It is a creed that has allowed him to follow his own passions, establish his own identity, and reap his own successes. In Life Is What You Make It, Buffett expounds on the strong set of values given to him by his trusting and broadminded mother, his industrious and talented father, and the many life teachers he has met along the way. Today's society, Buffett posits, has begun to replace a work ethic, relishing what you do, with a wealth ethic, honoring the payoff instead of the process. We confuse privilege with material accumulation, character with external validation. Yet, by focusing more on substance and less on reward, we can open doors of opportunity and strive toward a greater sense of fulfillment. In clear and concise terms, Buffett reveals a great truth: Life is random, neither fair nor unfair. From there it becomes easy to recognize the equal dignity and value of every human life—our circumstances may vary but our essences do not. We see that our journey in life rarely follows a straight line but is often met with false starts, crises, and blunders. How we push through and persevere in these challenging moments is where we begin to create the life of our dreams—from discovering our vocations to living out our bliss to giving back to others. Personal and revealing, instructive and intuitive, Life Is What You Make It is about transcending your circumstances or status, taking up the reins of your destiny, and living your life to the fullest.

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Life Is What You Make It by Peter Buffett You may think that with a last name like his, Buffett has enjoyed a life of endless privilege. But the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett says that the only real inheritance handed down from his parents was a philosophy: Forge your own path in life. It is a creed that has allowed him to follow his own passions, establish his own identity, and reap his own successes. In Life Is What You Make It, Buffett expounds on the strong set of values given to him by his trusting and broadminded mother, his industrious and talented father, and the many life teachers he has met along the way. www.peterbufett.com Pope Annalisa by Peter Canova From the time Peter Canova first experienced phenomena such as telepathy, remote viewing, intuitive medical readings, and psychic healing, he has spent much of his life seeking to understand the forces that link humanity together at an unseen level. In Pope Annalisa, he explores an ancient spiritual tradition which cut across not only Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, but also the so-called pagan mystery schools of ancient days. www.popeannalisa.com

They Sing to Our Hearts: A Communicator Shares her Stories of Animal Wisdom by Naomi Brenda McDonald They Sing to Our Hearts: A Communicator Shares her Stories of Animal Wisdom is a charming collection of poignant stories from her many years as a professional animal communicator. In her new book, Naomi shares the lessons that the animals she has had the privilege to work with and love have taught her. Through her metaphysic and Shamanic studies, Naomi had learned many of the Universal Truths on an intellectual basis. But it was her connection with the animals that deeply touched her heart and allowed her to fully embrace these valuable life lessons. www.brendamcdonald.org

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Second Sight: An Intuitive Psychiatrist Tells Her Extraordinary Story and Shows You How to Tap Your Own Inner Wisdom by Judith Orloff MD In her new book Second Sight, this moving personal story Dr. Orloff recounts her "journey to become whole" by first accepting and then embracing her intuitive abilities. She tells of her childhood fear of her intuition, of her physician-parents' efforts to ignore and even deny them, and of her slow awakening to the understanding that her intuition is truly a gift. She tells of her struggle to incorporate her abilities into her MEDICAL practice and traditional medicine and of the many successes she's experienced with patients ever since. www.drjudithorloff.com Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There from Here by Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D. & Steve Bhaerman In the midst of the current worldwide crises comes a hopeful new story of our evolutionary future, a book Deepak Chopra has called "world changing." Based on the latest discoveries in "new edge science," resonant with ancient spiritual wisdom, Spontaneous Evolution weaves science, spirit, politics and economics into a holistic paradigm that maps a pathway for planetary healing. www.wakeuplaughing.com

Grace Lost and Found: From Addictions and Compulsions to Satisfaction and Serenity by Mary Cook Many recovery books are for the beginner, and that makes sense. But then what? This gracefilled book is for people at later stages in their recovery who are looking to uncover the underlying causes for their addiction and heal the psychological and spiritual pain, often lingering from childhood that many addicts bear. www.marycookma.com

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You Are Here – Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment by Thich Nhat Hahn In this book Thich Nhat Hahn, the renowned Zen monk, author, and meditation master, distills the essence of Buddhist thought and practice, emphasizing the power of mindfulness to transform our lives. "Mindfulness is not an evasion of an escape," he explains. "It means being here, present, and totally alive. It is true freedom - and without this freedom, there is no happiness." Simple, warm, direct, and startlingly potent, this book reveals the heart of the Buddhist path and helps us to reconnect with the joy and wonder of being alive, regardless of life's changing circumstances. www.plumvillage.org Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pema Chödrön In this book Pema Chödrön shows us how to break free of destructive patterns in our lives and experience a new sense of freedom and happiness. Drawing on the Buddhist concept of shenpa, she helps us to see how certain habits of mind tend to "hook" us and get us stuck in states of anger, blame, self-hatred, and addiction. The good news is that once we start to see these patterns, we can begin to change our lives for the better. www.pemachodron.org

For the Benefit of All Beings - A Commentary on the Way of the Bodhisattva By H. H. the Dalai Lama Translated by Padmakara Translation Group The fourteenth Dalai Lama, a living embodiment of the bodhisattva ideal, presents here detailed practical guidance based on sections of The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva, the best-known text of Mahayana Buddhism. The Dalai Lama explains this classic and beloved work, showing how anyone can develop a truly "good heart" and the aspiration for the enlightenment of all beings. In this book, the Dalai Lama's profound knowledge is evident—the result of extensive training. Here he shares his extraordinary insight into the human condition and what it means to be a responsible and caring person. www.dalailama.com

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Surviving Cancer and Other Tough Stuff: An Illustrated Journal for a Healthy and Abundant Life by Kanta Bosniak Hypnotherapist and cancer survivor Kanta Bosniak shares her inspiring story and offers readers facing any life challenge a gentle process for transformation with excercises in the included workbook. It will help anyone who wants to emerge from a difficult experience better than before...happier, healthier and living a more abundant life. http://www.kantabosniak.com

Secret Leopard by Rosemary Nissen-Wade Tasmanian-born Rosemary Nissen-Wade, who now lives in northern New South Wales, fell in love with poetry as a child and has been making it ever since. She is one of the founders of the Poets Union of Australia, coordinated a series of prison poetry workshops, created a poetry theatre group with three other poets, and for a decade was an independent publisher of Australian poets, some of whose books won major national awards. Readers comment that what they find in her books, above all, is love. http://www.nissen-wade.com

Forgive Myself By Bruce Morse I built a fortress to hide from the world. I built a prison to lock up my heart and soul. But life has a way of tearing down walls. Institutionalized at thirteen, diagnosed schizophrenic at 24, losing a son at 45, this is the story of how my walls shattered, my defenses collapsed and I was given the gift of confronting my deepest fears. It is also the story of the people in my life, those who wounded me, those I wounded, those who inspired me and those who loved me and taught me to love. It is a story about a boy filled with rage who dreamed of becoming a man capable of love. www.bruce-morse-gallery-of-dreams.com

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