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~ Albert Einstein, Nobel Laureate Physicist (1879-1955)
December 15, 2003
From the Inside Out...
The Perfect "Gift"
Yes You Can!...
Give It Away
Links That Shine...
Just for YOU ...
Discovery of the Week
Pet Travel Tips
Laughing It Off...
Gifts of 'Wisdom'?
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Look at That!...
the Holiday Blues
BE the World
You Want to See!
For almost forty years I relied heavily upon my sense of deductive
reasoning and logic. Thankfully, I chose to shift my approach to life and gradually
learned to be guided by my intuitive nature. Today, I consciously operate in "The
Flow." I avoid analyzing and dissecting most of the time ... which brings
me more happiness than I've ever known.
~ Chelle ~
From the Inside Out
you ever experienced unexplainable dread or foreboding followed by some unexpected
calamity? If you have, then you know the ultimate value of intuition. It is difficult
to distinguish between an intuitive warning and an unfounded fear. Very few people
can do it without instruction and practice. As children we are typically encouraged
to ignore our intuition and use reasoning alone when making decisions. If we continue
to ignore our intuitive abilities, we will waste an incredible "Gift".
some people are more sensitive to their feelings than others, everyone has the
ability to access their intuition. If you can quiet your fears, turn off your
anxiety, and get in touch with yourself, you will experience intuition more strongly
than a sensitive person who is worried or nervous.
is a method for making thecorrect
decision without pondering the known facts and puzzling over their interactions.
You can learn to access your intuition without the distraction of your ego or
fear voluntarily at any time no matter how important or insignificant
few months after I discovered the intuition technique, I asked myself, why me?
When I looked at my life with that question in mind, things
fell together. It seemed that I had been headed in a specific direction for a
long time. Ever since I was very young, I have excelled in one particular area:
DAYDREAMING. In grade school, I became so engrossed in my dreams that I would
unconsciously put my head down on my desk. This was a dangerous position because
I could not see my teachers sneaking up on me. Their favorite technique was to
slam their hand down on the desk right behind my head. For a few days after receiving
these electrifying returns to reality, I would limit my dreaming to an upright
posture, but the daydreaming rarely slackened.
I had been meditating for many years when I discovered the tools that allowed
easy access to intuition. Using the tools has its own rewards helping you
solve problems, thinking more clearly in pressure situations, and enjoying things
more intensely. Realizing your own previously-unknown opinions is most likely
to occur if you disagree with these unusual ideas.
learned the value of strange and unusual ideas during the eight years I worked
for Hughes Aircraft. Most of that time I lived overseas. I would live in each
country for a year or two and then move on. During my time off, I experienced
cultures that were vastly different from my own. I say "experience"
rather than "understand" because understanding would have been a full
time job. Through driving around and casual exploration I observed that people
in different countries do almost everything differently. They build differently,
they wait in line differently, they eat differently, they strike matches differently
... most importantly, they THINK differently and have a different sense
I would contemplate these differences and try to determine what made these people
behave and think differently. Very quickly I came to an impasse in my deliberations
due to a lack of detailed historical and cultural knowledge. What automatically
happened at this point was that I would begin to consider the basis of my own
behavior and thoughts on that subject. This was much easier since I had plenty
of background knowledge concerning my own culture and sense of values. However,
without the people in those far away places showing me different approaches, I
would never have examined myself or my culture under such a different light.
soon realized that my ideas and goals were not the result of simply being a man
with a propensity towards freethinking. To a large extent, my ideas were the result
of a set of previously unknown influences. The more strange and different things
I observed about people in foreign countries, the more I examined the person I
had become and what had influenced me. The results of these examinations were
so valuable that I wrote them down, and that made all the difference. I learned
what parts of myself were really my own and what parts were the result of cultural
and social influences. I not only learned about myself and the society I grew
up in, but discovered motivations and tools for the changes I wished to make in
tools and motivations may seem strange and different from mainstream thinking.
Consider them a trip to a foreign country. It is not important that you become
a native and agree with them; diversity is strength. However, it is essential
that you carefully deliberate on why you agree or disagree. Through these deliberations
you will discover and examine your own values and motivations. In this manner,
you will increase your understanding of yourself, and therefore increase your
self-awareness. It is this self-awareness that inevitably leads to contact with
your deeper feelings, wherein lies one's Perfect Gift .... intuition.
Excerpted from "The Intuition Toolbox"
by Paul Winter © 2002
A Down-to-Earth Approach for Putting
Your Higher Self
to Work for You
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is not only an incredibly insightful work, but all of Pauls income from
the sale of his book goes to IPT Cancer research. ~Chelle
Yes You Can!
GIVE IT AWAY...
was talking to my sister-in-law, Deirdre, about stuff. The stuff in the basement,
the stuff at the back of your closet, the stuff thats stuffed into one of
those bottom drawers that you havent opened in years. Why do we have it,
where do we get it and why do we keep accumulating more of it?
that I already have a perfectly nice down comforter at home. Never mind that I
certainly dont need another iteration of bedwear. And yes, I know that it
would be a foolish waste of money to buy something I dont need, especially
when we all agree that the money would be better spent on paying back my debt.
I want it anyway.
is the stuff that is making us poor in America, says Ilyce Glink, a financial
planner and author of 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Improve Your Personal
fearless sister-in-law Deirdre, who has launched what she calls a scorched
closet campaign to rid her home of excess stuff, has discovered that she
and my brother own no fewer than seven woven blankets in varying shades of green.
and enough Tupperware for all the leftovers in Connecticut. I dont
know what we were thinking, she says now that shes donated the Tupperware
to an upcoming Smithsonian exhibit on American consumer insanity.
point is that most of us arent thinking. And so we buy another TV, better
speakers, more shoes,
another suit, a second car, a new set of dishes, more towels without stopping
to consider: Is it necessary? So
whats our problem? Americans pay dearly, more dearly than most of us are
willing to calculate, for things such as appearances, convenience and immediacy.
Think before you spend and after. To stop the madness, Glink advocates
thinking ahead. If you take a few minutes every day to think before you
spend, youll make huge changes in your personal finances.
Im inspired by my dear sister-in-law to take a second look at the things
I already own and to cast a suspicious eye on the ever-present mental list
of stuff I want to buy. Will I still want them tomorrow? My brother recently asked
why Deirdre was disposing of obscure kitchen gadget No. 867 from their pantry,
saying: Is there something wrong with it? Her quick response was:
Yes, theres something wrong with it: WE DIDNT KNOW WE HAD IT!
of us have a lot of things we rarely, if ever, use. Months and years go by and
this stuff just sits in our closets and garage. Giving away unused things has
a lot of advantages:
simplifies your life and frees up space.
2. Removing clutter can free your
energy and allow you to focus on your lifes work.
3. It reduces the
natural resources we, as a nation, must use to sustain our lifestyle.
It assists other people by allowing them to acquire things they couldnt
afford without your help, and you may be able to deduct the items on your taxes.
~M.P. Dunleave, MSN Money Central
Chinese Father Christmas
has become very popular in China, with children hanging up muslin stockings in
hopes that Dun Che Lao Ren, the Chinese version of Santa, will visit and leave
gifts. Ta Chiu, a Taoist festival of peace and renewal, takes place on December
27th in Hong Kong. Images of patron saints from all the temples are gathered into
one place for people to present their offerings. One of the more interesting traditions
of this festival comes at the end when priests read aloud the names of every person
who lives in the area. They then attach the list of names to a paper horse and
set it aflame, in hopes the names will rise to heaven. Sheng Tan Kuai Loh! (Merry
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IMPORTANT PET TRAVEL TIPS
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) wants pet
owners to be prepared before they begin holiday journeys. Whether the voyage is
by plane or in an automobile, traveling can be stressful for both owners and their
pets. But with some preparation, pet owners can ensure a safe and comfortable
trip. Approximately 5,000, or 1% of the companion animals that are flown on commercial
planes have been injured, lost or killed during transport. Unless the animal is
small enough to fit under your seat and you can bring them in the cabin, the ASPCA
recommends not to fly them.
you've already committed to transporting your pets on commercial airlines this
holiday season, the ASPCA is offering the following safety guidelines:
1. Make an appointment with your veterinarian for a checkup, make sure all
vaccinations are up-to-date and obtain a health certificate from your vet within
10 days of departure.
2. Book a direct flight whenever possible. This will
decrease the likelihood of your pet being left on the tarmac during extreme weather
conditions or mishandling by baggage personnel.
3. Purchase a USDA-approved
shipping crate that is large enough for your pet to stand, sit and change position
in comfortably. 4. Shipping crates can be purchased from many pet supply stores
5. Write the words "Live Animal" in letters at least
one inch tall on the top of the crate and on at least one side. Use arrows to
prominently show the upright position of the crate.
6. On the top of the
crate, write the name, address and telephone number of your pet's destination
point, whether you are traveling with them or someone else is picking up the animal.
7. Affix a photograph of your pet to the top of the crate for identification
purposes if the animal should escape from the carrier. Also carry a photograph
of your pet.
8. Line the crate bottom with some type of bedding shredded
paper or towels - to absorb accidents.
9. Freeze water provided for your
pet so that it will not spill during loading, and will melt by the time the animal
is thirsty. Tape a small pouch (preferably made of cloth) of dried food outside
the crate. This enables airline personnel to feed your pet in case it gets hungry
on long-distance flights or a layover.
10. Do not lock the door of the crate.
Make sure it is securely closed, but not locked, so that airline personnel can
open it in case of an emergency.
11. Tranquilizing your pet is not generally
recommended as it could hamper their breathing. Check with your veterinarian first.
12. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and an identification tag. Breakaway
collars are best for cats. The collar should also include destination information
in case your pet escapes.
13. Tell every airline employee you encounter, on
the ground and in the air, that you are traveling with a pet in the cargo hold
so that any additional considerations or attention can be provided. If the plane
is delayed, or you have any concerns about the welfare of your pet, insist that
airline personnel check the animal when feasible. In certain situations removing
the animal from the cargo hold and deplaneing may be warranted.
you are planning a road trip, the ASPCA offers the following tips for safe and
smooth car travel:
Acclimate your pet for a long trip by taking them on a series of short drives
first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car.
2. Start your pet on
a travel-feeding schedule with a light meal of kibble two to three hours prior
to departure. Never feed your pet in a moving vehicle.
3. In addition to
travel papers, food, bowls, leashes, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies,
medication and a pet first aid kit, pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your
pet a sense of familiarity.
4. Make sure your dog has a flat (never a choke)
collar with an ID tag imprinted with home address, as well as a temporary travel
tag with your cell phone and a destination phone number (and any other relevant
5. Harness, rather than leash, your dog inside the
car. For smaller animals, a well-ventilated crate is recommended.
allow pets to ride with their heads outside the window as it subjects them to
flying objects, inner ear damage and lung infections.
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Laughing It Off
GIFTS OF 'WISDOM'?
A day without sunshine is like, well ...night.
If someones always late, perhaps their ancestors arrived on the Juneflower.
Would the ocean be deeper without sponges?
When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.
Everyone has a photographic memory. Some dont have film.
The latest surveys show that three out of four people make up 75% of the worlds
Can a cemetery raise its burial costs and blame it on the high cost of living?
It has recently been discovered that research causes cancer in laboratory rats.
If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.
Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you
hear them speak.
The things that come to those that wait may be the things left by those who got
Back up my hard drive? I dont even know how to put it in reverse!
Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit
in a boat all day drinking beer.
Law of Probability Distribution: Whatever it is that hits the fan, will not be
One hundred percent of all divorces started with marriage.
Deja Moo: The feeling that you have heard all of this bull before.
~Contributed by Barbara in Odessa, Texas
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Look at THAT!
Photo: NASA via AP
The delicate filaments
of stars ...
in this image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are actually
sheets of debris from a stellar explosion within the Large Magellanic Cloud, a
small companion galaxy to the Milky Way. This material will eventually be recycled
into building new generations of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which is
visible from the southern hemisphere. ~MSNBC
COPING WITH THE HOLIDAY BLUES
the season to be jolly, right? Well, what if you just arent? No, youre
not being a Scrooge. What you have is a case of the holiday blues and its
are several signs to indicate whether youre suffering from a holiday season
depression spell, according to Gus Alva, MD, chief resident of psychiatry at UCI
Medical Center. One of the most common things is a disturbance in sleep
whether it be an increase or a decrease. Also appetite either a decrease
and with it a noticeable decline in weight or a noted increase in the usual patterns
of eating, Dr. Alva states. A decline in energy level, marked loss
of interest in things ... feelings of guilt ... feelings of helplessness, hopelessness
or worthlessness. Having a noted decline in the ability to concentrate or focus
attention ... and most importantly a feeling of despair.
youre feeling low its a good idea to turn to family and friends. Its
also vital to stay interactive with other people. If you find yourself alone,
without friends or family, Dr. Alva suggests volunteering at a church that serves
holiday meals or getting involved in other community activities. Its also
very important not to abuse alcohol or any other substances when youre in
the midst of a depression as it will cause further sadness.
During the holiday season, its paramount that people pay attention to those
around them and be ready to step in when they think a friend or co-worker is having
difficulty coping. The first step is to speak to the person and try to include
him or her in social activities. But if that alone doesnt work, and there
is deepening of the depression, then medical help should be sought. Dr. Alva emphasizes
that people shouldnt feel embarrassed about seeking professional help when
they need it. Depression has a biological basis in it. The chemical substances
in the brain arent functioning the way they should be and therefore need
to be addressed through the appropriate medical intervention.
~ Chelle Thompson, Editor ~
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