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"Minds, like parachutes, function better
when open, but, like fists, they
strike harder when closed."
~L.E. Modesitt, Jr., American Author (1943 -- )
"We Are the World"
From the Inside Out...
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BE the World
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"Feelings, tentatively tossed, can barely scale
the walls of our self-imprisoning fears. When we recognize
divine nature, our spirit
soars over obsolete walls.
Free, then, to love ourselves,
we can lovingly embrace a world of differences."
From the Inside Out
have taken to heart the following three quotes as the basis for
my thoughts and intentions at this time. I feel this positive approach
is empowered by the love that is the nature of our being, and is
effective in creating peace and happiness.
alternative applying resistance, judgment, antagonism and
hatred is to be ruled by fear, which is to deny one's essence,
and has the effect of empowering that which one opposes.
Pilgrim states... "In my work I have chosen the positive approach.
I never think of myself as protesting against something, but rather
as witnessing for harmonious living. Those who witness for, present
solutions. Those who witness against, usually do not they
dwell on what is wrong, resorting to judgment and criticism and
sometimes even name-calling. Naturally, the negative approach has
a detrimental effect on the person who uses it, while the positive
approach has a good effect."
energy of love comes from all our hearts, but is misdirected if
we have attention on our fears which occurs if we resist
the reality of what appears to us and our own part in creating that
reality. For we do indeed create our lives and situations, based
on our beliefs. As an ancient Chinese proverb says:
there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world."
can we go about integrating a spiritual viewpoint into our daily
lives? The everyday game of life appears very different from the
view of the angels. Many things happen that we do not consciously
initiate. We have friends and enemies, loves and hates. Some are
on our side, others against us.
spiritual, birds-eye view however - the conscious view
is that this game of our lives is something we continuously create,
in order to teach ourselves experiential lessons. We reflect our
state of being in our surroundings, so they act as a mirror. We
are not just individual islands, our purpose really extends to a
we need to live our human lives, but we need to step back and remember
that each one of us is actually creating the reality we experience,
through the power of our higher selves, at one with God. Reality
is lighter than we may think, and we can change our life experience
by adjusting our viewpoints and beliefs to become closer to our
true nature which is in every case loving and nonjudgmental.
(ignorance) is like a shadow it has no real substance of
its own, it is simply a lack of light. You cannot cause a shadow
to disappear by trying to fight it, stamp on it, by railing against
it, or any other form of emotional or physical resistance. In order
to cause a shadow to disappear, you must shine light on it."
it is particularly the subconscious and suppressed beliefs that
determine our internal conflicts and fears, and cause us to lose
sight of our essential being. There are ways and means of uncovering
this stuff and of realizing our essence that is there all
along. Personal growth tools help us to learn faster from our experience
and so enhance the quality of the further experiences we will create.
actually the process can be simply stated: we need to look afresh,
in the present moment, and clear away our false assumptions and
fixed ideas by shining a light of objectivity and honesty. Our guidance
in this process is love. We can all do this and the
time is right.
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TRIVIA DU JOUR
did the Egyptians worship cats? Egyptians literally believed
that cats were divine, to the point that if a household cat died,
its owners would shave their eyebrows
in mourning and lovingly transport the cat carcass to one of the
cities devoted to mummifying cats for their journey to the next
world. (They apparently didn't make it. In 1888, about 300,000 cat
mummies were discovered still lounging around this world in the
ancient city of Beni Hassan. We guess it illustrates once again
how hard it is to get cats to go where you want them to.) There
were practical reasons for worshipping cats, though. The Egyptians
were very dependent on grains for their main staples of bread and
beer, and they knew how much the cats contributed to their lives
and economy by keeping rats and mice in check. PHOTO: This
noble and his wife are spending their leisure time hunting fowl
with their big orange-striped cat (lower left area). Notice
that the birds, and especially the fish, are painted very realistically,
with attention paid to the slightest details, while the humans conform
to the cartoon-like "frontalistic" style.
is the origin of the word "boycott"? Charles C. Boycott
seems to have become a household word because of his strong sense
of duty to his employer. An Englishman and former British soldier,
Boycott was the estate agent of the Earl of Erne in County Mayo,
Ireland. The earl was one of the absentee landowners who as a group
held most of the land in Ireland. Boycott was chosen in the fall
of 1880 to be the test case for a new policy advocated by Charles
Parnell, an Irish politician who wanted land reform. Any landlord
who would not charge lower rents would be given the complete cold
shoulder by Parnell's supporters. Boycott refused to charge lower
rents and ejected his tenants. At this point members of Parnell's
Irish Land League stepped in, and Boycott and his family found themselves
isolatedwithout servants, farmhands, service in stores, or
mail delivery. Boycott's name was quickly adopted as the term for
this treatment, not just in English but in other languages such
as French, Dutch, German, and Russian.
do builders put a small tree on the top of a building as soon as
its top frame is completed? In ancient times the success of
building projects was believed to depend more on the mood of the
gods than on the builders' skill. To appease the gods and drive
away evil spirits, the builders would attach plants, thought to
be inhabited by good spirits, to the tops of their buildings as
soon as the frames were completed. These plants, often decorated
with flowers, ribbons, and strings of eggs, were supposed to lend
their life-giving powers to the buildings and show that the buildings
were as safe and solid as the ground in which the plants once grew.
Builders today still observe this superstition by placing a small
tree on the top frame of a new building. The custom is called "topping
are moths drawn to light and what do they get out of it? The
moth, specifically the male moth, is attracted to an illuminated
lightbulb for the sad but simple reason that it thinks it's the
moon. For roughly 150 million years, the visually impaired lepidopterans
relied on the giant orb to help them navigate in a straight line,
always keeping the moon's rays at a constant angle during their
nightly mating excursionsflying a more or less steady course
until they caught the scent of a female perched on a nearby leaf.
But moth history took an unfortunate twist when the incandescent
lamp arrived on the scene in 1879. "Moths will never forgive
Thomas Edison," says Cornell University entomologist Cole Gilbert,
noting that chaos ensued as the nocturnal creatures began mistaking
light-bulbs for the moon. Unfortunately, flying so close to these
surrogate moons makes it nearly impossible for a moth to maintain
a straight course, so it must constantly correct its bearing. Soon
it becomes completely confused and disoriented. "Before you
know it," says Gilbert, "the poor guy is fluttering around
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Think A Gallon Of Gas Is Expensive?
This gives one pause, and puts things in perspective.
Snapple 16 oz $1.29 ................. $10.32 per gallon
Ice Tea 16 oz $1.19 ............... $ 9.52 per gallon
20 oz $1.59 ...................... $10.17 per gallon
Spray Juice 16 oz $1.25 ......... $10 .00 per gallon
Fluid 12 oz $3.15 .................... $33.60 per gallon
Nyquil 6 oz $8.35 .................... $178.13 per gallon
Bismol 4 oz $3.85 ................... $123.20 per gallon
7 oz $1.39 ......................... $25.42 per gallon
Mouthwash 1.5 oz $0.99 .......... $84.48 per gallon
the REAL KICKER?
Water 9 oz $1.49 ..................... $21.19 per gallon.
the buyers don't even know the source.
So, whenever you're at the gas station, be glad your
car doesn't run on water, Scope, or Whiteout, or
worse yet, PEPTO BISMOL or NYQUIL!!!!
a little humor to help ease the pain
of your next trip to the pump...........!
by Phyllis Montoya
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Look at THAT!
Straits Times /AFP
A newborn manatee swims with the help
of its mother, Eva, hours after being born at the Singapore
Zoo on March 11, 2003. Eva, who came from Germany in 1994, gave
birth for the second time in captivity to a 20-pound, 23-inch-long
female baby after a gestation period of 14 months. The new baby
joins a pod of four others. Manatees face a high risk of becoming
extinct in the wild within about 10 years.
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly
all seek sovereignty in our lives. It is the human freedom and
ability to be fully present in life with the richness of our growth
experiences. It is following our sacred inner process in a creative
way - in a fearlessly open and adventurous way. It is being
willing to struggle consciously in relationship with what life
gives, using all our highly developed skills to bring something
better to our collective life. It is seeing every person we make
contact with as fundamentally an equal through perception of the
inner "spiritual" domain of true being. Personal sovereignty
is based on the truth that no two people can know the same reality.
We only can know that we are aligned with one another in the daily
unfolding of our personal myth/truth. Years ago, I wrote the following
poem on this intriguing concept:
by Intention, find joy in every day,
The journey then starts to flow and work turns into play;
Our path in life takes courage and faith in vast degree,
Its mystery escapes us, 'til eyes learn how to "see."
"seeing" we find purpose, the reason we are here;
When ego is relinquished, the Vision becomes clear;
Let go of all attachment, leap from every cliff,
Into the arms of Spirit ... receive the Divine gift.
gift we are exists within, buried deep in fear;
Knowingness will set it free ... release the need to "steer";
Embrace the self in sovereignty, Love can then expand;
Unbridled from emotion, there's clarity of stand.
with their hooks out keep Clarity at bay;
Identity, linked and lost, lies hidden far away;
Choice can vanquish all the pain, perspective is the key;
Step up from the 'small story' and choose to truly BE.
story' spawns illusion, enmeshment in the past;
With embodiment of Essence, shadows can't be cast;
'Big Story' reveals mission, alignment broadcasts Truth;
Light breaks through to who we are and what we came to do.
Chelle Thompson ~
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