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June 21, 2004
"An Inspired Moment"
THIS WEEK'S ISSUE
From the Inside Out...
Song of the Universe
Yes You Can!...
Ease Auto-Immune Disorders
Links That Shine...
Help for Hormones
A Tribute to Dads
Laughing It Off...
More Whipped Cream
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Look at That!...
Our Latest Discovery...
The Magic of Intention
Daily Security Alerts
Rewarding Ourselves with Humor
BE the World
You Want to See!
a joy it is to burst into song, regardless of how true the notes,
and feel our soul at play.
~ Chelle ~
From the Inside Out
SONG OF THE UNIVERSE
Perhaps if it were not for my father and my lack of foundation,
I would not have become a seeker, an initiate, a hermetic writer
who learns the way to help others by helping myself.
I thank my father for fostering in me a love of language, mystery,
and minerals of the earth. Perhaps he was a "teacher"
of sorts, sent to gift me with the tools I needed to mine the mystery
By unlocking my own secrets, I feel I am discovering the secrets
of all human psyches, for we are all forged by the same universal
In the end, to "know thyself" is to know what the Alaska
natives call "Denali" or the "great one." Yes,
it is their moniker for Mt. McKinley, but I believe that mountains
are metaphors for the divine. Climbing a mountain is one path to
knowing the divine self.
As a child growing up in the Adirondack Mountains, my physical world
had very solid borders. There was the house, the lawn, and the garden.
Beyond the garden lay fallow fields and the woods.
the woods was entering another reality, a world of mystery, of the
unknown, where nothing was predictable, and anything could happen.
I loved the woods. My imagination took flight there, and I was free.
Eventually, the woods came to a river, and while I often fished
at its edges, I never crossed that border physically.
Mentally, I always wondered what manner of worlds existed on the
other side of the mountain? Currently my question is: what manner
of realities exists beyond the confines of my current mindscape?
It is this yearning that will guide me into the next chapter of
my life. I have a sense that I am on the brink of finding that place
where I will feel real and whole. I hold a visual metaphor of this
place in my mind.
As a young mountain girl, I often went to the woods for solace from
the cruel conditions of my childhood. There I would climb the biggest
boulder I could find and sing at the top of my voice.
I remember singing "Amazing Grace" with all the passion
of a child who knows all too well the meaning of the phrase "wretch
lyrics hold the key as to why it saved me: "Amazing Grace (divinity),
how sweet the sound (song) that saved a wretch like me."
Singing is divinity. Song is sound, vibration, energy, creativity.
And creativity/creation, for me, is a seed-thought in the universal
mind, coupled with a vibrating heart, blending their energies to
create the song of the universe, without which, we wouldn't be here.
Actor/Voice-Over Artist/Freelance Writer
Carbondale, Colorado must
Yes You Can!
auto-immune disease myasthenia gravis is a chronic neuromuscular
disease that causes muscle weakness that worsens during activity
and improves with rest. The disorder can affect facial muscles (including
eye and eyelid movement), chewing, talking, and swallowing. It occurs
when the immune system produces antibodies that attack or destroy
receptors for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Like other auto-immune
diseases, myasthenia gravis can go into remission temporarily, sometimes
for long periods of time.
is the medical term for hives, which can become chronic. Hives develop
when the body releases, histamine, a regulatory chemical that dilates
blood vessel walls and allows fluids to leak into surrounding tissues,
which causes swelling and itching. This can happen as a result of
an allergic reaction or might be an immune system reaction to components
thyroid disease is the result of an immune system attack on
the thyroid gland, causing damage that interferes with the normal
production of thyroid hormones. Once diagnosed, the disorder can
be treated with replacement thyroid hormones.
auto-immune diseases tend to flare up in response to emotional ups
and downs, try some form of mind/body treatment
hypnosis may be especially helpful. Psychotherapy, biofeedback and
guided imagery are also good options.
might try consulting a practitioner of homeopathy or Chinese medicine
to get at the underlying problem. In addition, the following dietary
changes may help:
Reduce protein intake to 10 percent of total calories; replace animal
protein as much as possible with plant protein.
2. Eliminate milk and milk products (substitute other calcium
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables (make sure that they are
4. Eliminate polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable
shortening, all partially hydrogenated oils, all foods (such as
deep-fried foods) that might contain trans-fatty acids. Use extra-virgin
olive oil as your main fat.
5. Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids.
6. Take ginger (start with one capsule twice a day). Turmeric
can also be helpful. Try Turmeric Force capsules from New Chapter
and follow the dosage directions on the package.
~Andrew Weil, MD, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Weil is at the forefront of Integrative Medicine
which combines the best ideas and practices of
alternative and conventional medicine in order to
maximize the body's natural healing mechanisms.
Photo: Pacific Picture Photo Agency
over a thousand flat coral islands of white sand beaches and turquoise
lagoons, the Marshall Islands beckons with all the promise of a
tropical paradise. There's pristine diving and lush tropical greenery,
and the Marshallese people retain many of their pre-colonial crafts
and traditions. Most visitors to the Marshalls get only as far as
Majuro Atoll, the nation's political and economic center and home
to nearly half its populace. You can grasp what it's like to live
on a ribbon of land so narrow that, as often as not, you can see
the ocean on both sides. By visiting Laura Village, at the westernmost
end of the mainland, you can find a rural lifestyle somewhat similar
to that of the outer islands.
"Help for Hormones"
Jackie Harvey works in partnership with nurses, medical doctors
and health care practitioners. She is a women's health advocate
and is on a mission to positively change the health and lives
of women everywhere. Through her popular "Let's Talk"
seminars, she informs and educates women on the important issues
related to natural hormone balancing.
A TRIBUTE TO DADS
Laughing It Off
MORE WHIPPED CREAM
have a new delightful friend, I'm almost in awe of her;
When we first met I was impressed by her bizarre behavior.
day I had a date with friends, we met to have some lunch;
Ellie had come along with them, all in all a pleasant bunch.
the menus were presented, we ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups;
Except for Ellie who circumvented, and said, "Ice-cream, please.
was not sure my ears heard right, and the others were aghast;
"Along with heated apple pie," Ellie smiled, completely
tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the time;
But when our orders were brought out, I did not enjoy mine.
could not take my eyes off Ellie, as her pie ala-mode went down;
The other ladies showed dismay, they ate their lunches, and they
the next time I went out to eat, I called and invited Ellie.
My lunch contained white tuna meat, she ordered a parfait.
smiled when her dish I viewed, she asked if she amused me;
I answered, "Yes, you do, and you also do confuse me."
come you order rich desserts when I feel I must be sensible?"
She laughed and said, with wanton mirth, "I am tasting all
try to eat the food I need, and do the things I should;
But life's so short, my friend, indeed, I hate missing out on something
year I realized I was old," she grinned, "I've not been
this old before;
So, before I die, I've got to try, Those things for years I have
not smelled all the flowers yet, and too many books I have not read;
There's more fudge sundaes to wolf down, and kites to be flown overhead."
many malls I have not shopped, I've not laughed at all the jokes;
I've missed a lot of Broadway Hits, and potato chips and cokes."
want peanut butter every day, spread on my morning toast;
I want un-timed long-distance calls, to the folks I love the most."
not cried at all the movies yet, nor walked in the morning rain;
I need to feel wind in my hair, I want to fall in love again."
if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner;
If I should die before nightfall, you'd have to say I died a winner."
I missed out on nothing, that I had my heart's desire;
That I had that final chocolate mousse, before my life expired."
that, I called the waitress over, "I've changed my mind, it
I said, "I want what she is having, only add some more whipped-cream!"
Ellis, Copyright © 2000
HUMOR ARCHIVES: ..
Untangling the Web
WHAT A SITE!
This site offers a "Guide to the Most Efficient Things in the
World". For a product or technique to be considered meta-efficient
it must be: Energy & Resource Efficient, Affordable, Reliable,
Non-polluting, and if possible, Portable. Check out their picks
of various appliances, vehicles, heating and cooling systems, rain
water harvesting, paint, etc.
Hiding Your Taskbar
you like to hide your taskbar and have it appear when you need it?
Just right-click any blank area on your taskbar (your taskbar is
what your Start button sits on) and select "Properties"
from the menu that pops up. Select "Autohide" or "Auto-hide
taskbar" from the resulting screen. Now, your taskbar will
disappear when you move your mouse away from it and re-appear when
you bring your mouse back. ~WorldStart.com
Look at THAT!
REUTERS/ Yuriko Nakao
to be hip at the beach, plus cool and healthy?
Try Hippopotamus sweat. Not only is the sweat of the hippo a fetching
shade of red that gradually turns to brown, it also acts as a sunscreen.
But before heading off to the zoo for sweat samples, a word of caution.
The scientists at Keio University say there is a down side
it stinks. Researchers have identified the chemicals responsible
for the timeless myth that hippopotamus sweat blood. The blood red
secretion is a familiar sight to anyone who has come face to face
with a hippo. Kimiko Hashimoto and his colleagues at Kyoto Pharmaceutical
University, Japan, revealed that hippos' secretions are neither
blood nor sweat, but a mixture of pigments that function both as
sunscreen and antibiotic. This mixture keeps hippos' cool and protects
them from the harmful effects of the sun. The hippos tend to produce
more of the 'Scarlet Sweat' when on dry land rather than when they
are in water, bolstering the idea that the secretions are similar
to sweat. However, other experts have suggest that it works like
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REWARDING OURSELVES WITH HUMOR
report that humor seems to activate brain networks that are involved
in rewards. Humor is no laughing matter, according to Dr. Allan
L. Reiss of Stanford University in California, who led the research.
"Humor has significant ramifications for our psychological
and physical health. Our sense of humor often dictates if, how
and with whom we establish friendships and even long-lasting romantic
relationships." Humor is also a "universal coping mechanism"
for dealing with stress, Reiss added. Despite the importance of
humor, little is known about the brain mechanisms that underlie
Stanford researcher noted that most people are drawn to humor
and that it makes people feel good. "We seem to feel rewarded"
by humor, he said. Now, Reiss and his colleagues report that they
have zeroed in on the brain's reward system for humor. In the
study, volunteers had their brain activity monitored as they read
a series of cartoons. Some of the cartoons were supposed to be
funny, but others had the funny cues omitted. After viewing each
strip, participants pushed a button if they thought the comic
was funny. Researchers found that when a cartoon made a person
laugh, a brain network that is known to be involved in reward
believe that understanding humor is fundamental to understanding
many aspects of 'normal' human social behavior," Reiss said.
more about the brain mechanisms that underlie humor may also help
scientists who study depression. Reiss noted that the loss of
the ability to appreciate humor is a common symptom of depression.
"We believe that utilizing studies such as this may be one
way to more specifically identify individuals at risk for depressive
disorders." The research may also be useful in measuring
a person's response to treatment for depression. The humor reward
system in the brain may come "on line" even before symptoms
of depression change, according to Reiss. The
research may also help explain "humorless" people, who,
Reiss noted, may have serious problems in relationships. "Perhaps
they are missing this reward link in their circuitry."
~ Chelle Thompson, Editor ~
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