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"What I am actually saying is that we need to be willing to let our intuition guide us, and then be willing to follow that guidance directly and fearlessly."
~ Shakti Gawain, Motivational Speaker & Author
November 17, 2003
"Listen to Your Heart"
From the Inside Out...
The Power of Intuition
Yes You Can!...
Align with Feng Shui
Links That Shine...
Hugs & Hope
Just for YOU ...
Discovery of the Week
Tea Can Freshen
Laughing It Off...
The Truth about Cats
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Look at That!...
Wings Over India
Living Your Best Life
BE the World
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I never create a weekly
'plan' for which articles will
be used in this ezine. Having been a prisoner for many years
of an analytical mind, I've now learned how to trust my
intuition and follow the guidance that just POPS into my
~ Chelle ~
From the Inside Out
THE POWER OF
I'm a psychiatrist and intuitive in Los Angeles. What I do isn't my job. It's my life's passion. With patients and in workshops, I listen with my intellect and my intuition, a potent inner wisdom that goes beyond the literal. I experience it as a flash of insight, a gut feeling, a hunch, a dream.
In my memoir "Second Sight" I describe how, from age nine, I had dreams and intuitions that would come true. I could predicts illness, earthquakes, even the suicide of one of my parent's friends. This confused and alarmed me, as it did my parents who were entrenched in the hard-core rational world of science. At first they tried to write my intuitions off as coincidence. Finally, though, after I dreamed my mother's mentor would loose a political election which to my horror, came true she took me aside and told me, "Never mention another dream or intuition in our house again!" I'll never forget the look in my dear mother's exasperated, frightened eyes, nothing I ever wanted to see again. So from that day on, I kept my intuitions to myself. I grew up ashamed of my abilities, sure there was something wrong with me.
Following a nearly fatal car accident at age sixteen when I tumbled over a treacherous 1500 foot cliff in Malibu Canyon, my parents forced me to see a psychiatrist. This man was the first person who ever "saw" me not who he wanted me to be, but who I was. He taught me to begin to value the gift of intuition, and referred me to Dr. Thelma Moss, a intuition researcher at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. She was to become my mentor and guide to developing my intuitive side.
While working in Thelma's lab I had an amazingly specific dream which announced, "You're going to become an MD, a psychiatrist, to help legitimize intuition in medicine." When I awoke, I felt like someone was playing a practical joke on me. I'd never liked science, and I was bored around all my parent's doctor-friends. I was a hippie living in an old converted brick Laundromat with my artist-boyfriend in Venice Beach, working in the May Company's towel department. The last thing I envisioned doing was medicine. But because I was beginning to trust my intuition, I enrolled in a junior college just to see how it would go. So one course became two, which became fourteen years of medical training USC medical school and a UCLA psychiatric internship and residency.
When I opened my Los Angeles psychiatric practice in 1983, I had every intention of it being traditional; I'd use medications, psychotherapy, but I didn't intend for intuition to play a role. Since I was a workaholic and also loved helping people, I had twelve hour days, though very little personal life. But then I had a heart-wrenching wake-up call that changed everything. It was an intuition that a patient, on antidepressants, was going to make a suicide attempt. Because she was doing so well nothing supported my hunch I dismissed it. Within a week she overdosed on the antidepressants I'd prescribed and ended up in a coma for nearly a month. (Had she not survived I would've been devastated.)
After this episode, my journey to bring intuition into my medical practice began. I didn't know how I'd do it, but I put out a silent prayer to the universe to help me. Soon, I began meeting people, more angels, who showed me the way. I had so much fear about coming out of the closet as an intuitive. I was afraid of what my physician-peers would think, that they'd mock me or blackball me from the profession. My mother warned, "They'll think you're weird. It'll jeopardize your medical career." Ah Mother: I loved her, but thank god I didn't listen. Finding my voice as a psychiatrist and intuitive has been my path to freedom.
Sure, there's a risk when you stretch yourself, but the rewards are enormous. Now, I'm blessed to travel around the country giving workshops on intuition to auditoriums full of extraordinary people health care professionals and general audiences alike who long to embrace their inner voice. I'm heartened to see that many physicians are eager to deal with patients in the new way I offer. Recently I gave an intuitive healing workshop at the American Psychiatric Association convention, a annual gathering of the most conservative psychiatrists in the world. I'm pleased to report the response was wonderful.
days, no matter what I'm going through, especially when my heart
is torn in a million pieces my intuition has sustained me. I hope
that my journey in "Second Sight" can help you. One thing
I'm certain of: if you follow your intuitive voice, you can't go
wrong. Stay true to it. Intuition is about empowerment, not having
to conform to someone else's notion of who you should be. It's about
being true to yourself, and all the goodness that comes from that.
~Judith Orloff, MD is a board -certified psychiatrist and a practicing intuitive.
Dr. Orloff is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA and an
international workshop leader. This article gives you a taste of Dr. Orloff's memoir
"Second Sight." You can visit Dr. Orloff's web site at www.DrJudithOrloff.com
Yes You Can!
ALIGN WITH FENG SHUI (Part 1)
What is Feng Shui? And how the heck do you say it? Feng Shui is not pronounced like a sneeze, "Fang Shhoooey!" You say it so it rhymes with "Fun Way." Say, "Fung Schway." The translation of Feng Shui is "wind and water." Think of it like the current in river, the energy that makes it alive. Feng Shui began as an ancient Chinese art over 4,000 years. Today, some methods of Feng Shui are based in practical, common sense and intuition; others are learned practices.
Remember, if you're confused, it's probably because it is confusing. Much of Feng Shui is mysterious. As your experience grows, so will your comfort level with the more complicated and mysterious aspects. But to start, find something that makes sense to you. Try ONE suggestion (so you can be sure that is what created results and not something else). After implementing one action, wait a week, if you get results, hurry! Go back for more!
Instinctive or Intuitive Feng Shui is a western blend of Black Sect Feng Shui, psychology and Native American and Celtic practices, medical science, and architecture. It is best used to align your inner world with your outer environment taking your dreams and desires, and your challenges and seeing how your environment supports or holds you back from realizing what you want out of life.
Avoid fear-based approaches that make your choices "right or wrong." Only you know what your soul craves and that may not follow an ancient rule. A gold frog in your garden or a red dot on the ceiling over your toilet may be the "right" Feng Shui suggestion, but if it doesn't make sense to you, it may not be the most powerful solution for you right now.
What creates results in Feng Shui is the positive management of "chi," the flow of energy in an environment. Since you don't see energy, you may tend to believe it does not exist. It does exist and can even be measured. The Chinese call energy "chi" or "qi." The Japanese call it "ki," and Yogis call it "prana," life breath. Here are five tools for putting chi to work for you in your life.
TOOL NUMBER ONE Your House Number:
Your house number tells you the energetic influence of your address. Once you know what it is, you can use it to help create balance in your life by directing your attention to enhancing positive aspects or reducing the challenging aspects. All numbers have both positive and negative vibrations.
The essence of House Numbers...
To determine your "house number," take your street address from the address of your property with the city or town records (not your P.O. box), and add together each single digit until it is reduced to a single digit. This works equally as well for businesses as it does homes. Also try it on your vehicle! My address was 382 Forest Drive. Add 3 + 8 + 2 and get 13,
which is still not a single digit, so add the 1 + 3 = 4.
One: Good place to live alone and refocus your life, make new beginnings, or if your work focuses on serving others. One is about independence. Watch you don't isolate yourself.
Two: Balance of energies, marriage. Favorable for a couple. Generally not a family house, may influence the occupants to be self-contained or overly sensitive.
Three: Represents the trinity, mind, body, spirit or a pyramid. Expression, communication. Challenging aspects may be a tendency to enjoy now and pay later, so you may be overly optimistic and get spread too thin.
Four: Represents the four seasons, four corners, four directions. Brings security, success in work. Watch that your life doesn't become all work and no play.
Five: Change, adventure, travel, excitement. Good house for romantic flings and parties. Hold on to your hat if you move into this home! Sometimes it may seem like a whirlwind.
Six: Harmony and balance, caring and nurturing of community, family and service. Good place for a counselor who works at home. There may be a tendency to give too much of yourself in this vibration, seek balance between your needs and the needs of others.
Seven: Mystic wisdom, seven chakras, seven heavens of the Hawaiian kahunas, a place for contemplation and retreat. With the energy of this number being focused on spirituality, this is not a good place for those seeking to make advances in the material world.
Eight: Infinity, abundance, leadership. This is a good place to go if you've been working too much on your spiritual and emotional development and you haven't been able to get it together in the material world.
Nine: Completion, endings, wisdom, humanitarianism. Good place to tie up loose ends. Balance the needs of all with the needs of the individual, as there is a tendency to focus on the needs of all over the needs of a part of the whole.
There are exceptions to these numbers called Master Numbers... they are 11, 22, and 33. They have a special significance of their own. For more information about address numerology see the book Sacred Space: Clearing and Enhancing the Energy of Your Home by Denise Linn.
(To be continued next week with Feng Shui Tools 2, 3, 4 and 5.)
~Feng Shui the Commonsense Way
Five Tools to Turn Your Dreams into Reality by Dana Mayer ©2003
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Tourists ride through
the "Siq" into the ancient Jordanian city of Petra, carved
into stone canyon walls by the Nabataens in the first century A.D.
To enter the ancient city, you can walk, ride a horse
or take a two-passenger horse-drawn chariot about a mile between
these towering sandstone cliffs. Modern engineers say that the Nabataens
were "absolute geniuses" at controlling rainwater to prevent
flooding and to avoid shortages in times of drought. The walls of
the Siq are lined with channels (originally fitted with chambered
clay pipes) to carry drinking water to the city.
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TEA CAN FRESHEN YOUR BREATH
A cup of tea warms the soul and freshens your breath, and even fights infections. Two recent laboratory studies add to mounting evidence of the health benefits of tea. In the first study, conducted at Pace University, green tea extracts were mixed with several different kinds of bacteria, including those that cause strep throat and tooth decay. The researchers found that green tea was effective at fighting bacteria by inhibiting their growth. "Our research shows tea extracts can destroy the organism that causes disease," says lead researcher Milton Schiffenbauer, PhD, a microbiologist and biology professor at Pace University in New York City. In fact, the same study suggests that green tea also helps toothpaste and mouthwash fight viruses by eliminating bacteria. Toothpaste or mouthwash alone demonstrated little effectiveness at fighting viruses. However, by adding green tea extracts, the bacteria were nearly eliminated and the toothpaste was then able to fight off the viruses.
What's responsible for the health benefits of tea? Teas contain polyphenols, which are antioxidants that protect human cells from damage. Flavonids are a group of polyphenols that occur naturally in tea. It is suspected that high levels of these polyphenols in the body can fight viruses as well as cancer, including pancreas, colon, bladder, prostate, and breast cancer.
In the "bad breath" study, researchers combined black tea extracts with three species of bacteria (all linked with bad breath) in petri dishes for 48 hours. They compared the results with bacteria that sat alone. In all cases, tea polyphenols inhibited the growth of bacteria by 30% and reduced the production of compounds that cause bad breath. The study suggests that rinsing with black tea keeps plaque from forming and destroys acids that cause tooth decay. "Besides inhibiting the growth of pathogens in the mouth, black tea and its polyphenols may benefit human oral health by suppressing the bad-smelling compounds that these pathogens produce," says lead researcher Christine D. Wu, PhD, professor of periodontics at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Both studies detailing health benefits of tea were presented at the annual American Society for Microbiology General Meeting, Washington, D.C., May 18-22, 2003.
~Jeanie Lerche Davis, WebMD Medical News
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Laughing It Off
THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS
Cats aren't clean, they're just covered with cat spit.
Cats have the simplest of taste - the best will suffice.
Dogs are like kids. Cats are like roommates.
Cats are living proof that eating and sleeping all day isn't all bad.
Cats teach us that not everything in nature has a function.
Traits we despise in people, we prize as virtues in cats.
Cats know all the sunny places.
An aquarium is just interactive television for cats.
A cat's favorite game is: "Hah! Made you look!"
A cat's worst enemy is a closed door.
Cats aren't as dignified as people say they are. (Ever watched a cat give itself a bath in the middle of the living room?)
Cats are good for dusting high places.
Cats have fur coats because they look silly in raincoats.
Thousands of years ago, cats were worshiped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.
You don't own your cat. The cat owns you. And the cat owns the house. You just pay the mortgage.
Cats have their own lives; get on with yours.
There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.
Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later.
There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats.
Cats operate on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.
~Contributed by Phyllis in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Untangling the Web
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The Left Hand...
We don't usually recommend commercial sites, but one that specializes
in products designed for left-handers fills a great need. Left-handed
scissors, notebooks, pruners, swiss army knives, corkscrews, measuring
cups, and more.
Ever download a file and get a dialog box asking what program
to use to open the file...
This screen normally means:
(1) You don't have a program on
your computer to open the file;
(2) The file isn't meant to be opened;
(3) You do have a program that can open the file, but it could be a guess as to which one. It's often best to start with Windows Notepad. Many files are little more than text files that don't use the "txt" extension. So, scroll down the list on the Open With screen and click on NotePad.exe,
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WINGS OVER INDIA
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Indian painted storks fly in a New Delhi zoo... Storks
in yellow, black, white and pink are found at the zoo's Pelican
Pond. While the white pelicans can be seen gliding gracefully on
the emerald water, the storks make their homes atop the green trees
in and around the pond. ~MSNBC
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE
Who is helping you in your quest to live your best life? You deserve a group of handpicked boosters who want to help you succeed. Here's a list from the author of Forget Perfect: Finding Joy, Meaning, and Satisfaction in the Life You've Already Got and the YOU You Already Are, Lisa Earle McLeod, who explains six types of friends to help you through life's ups and downs:
1. The in-the-trenches-with-you friend: Whether you share the same profession, hometown or marital status, this is the person whose life is pretty much the same as your own. They're the one you can count on to listen to a my-lifes-so-tough soliloquy and really get it.
2. The wise one: This person's been there, done that and can give you some perspective on your situation. Whether you're surviving your child's terrible twos or climbing the corporate ladder, just knowing that your friend made it through in one piece helps you persevere. Whether they're your official mentor or simply a more experienced friend, you can learn a lot by picking their brain.
3. The joker: This friend may not be all that reliable, but they have this wonderful way of pointing out the lunacy of the world and making you lighten up and laugh!
4. The fresh friend: Having a friend who is younger than you reminds you of just how far you've come (and, hopefully, how lucky you are to be exactly where you are). While you may envy their youth and enthusiasm, you could also be inspired!
5. The not-my-life friend: You're married; this friend's not. They're a firefighter, a CEO, a nun. A pal with a very different life provides you with a refreshingly different point of view and helps you appreciate that the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
6. The history friend: This person is someone who has been the eyewitness to the ups and downs at every stage of your life. Perhaps you met in the playpen or on the first day of junior high school. This kind of friend is priceless, and you should regularly drop them a line or call to keep the connection current. Because they've been part of your past, they can fully appreciate your present.
~ Chelle Thompson ~
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