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June 25, 2007
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being self-sufficient has its merits, we also need to embrace
our own vulnerability. Without dropping our armor and being
REAL with ourselves and generous with others, we might as
well be pillars of salt.
~ Chelle Thompson, Editor
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people all over the world!
From the Inside Out
evening I was parked in front of the mall wiping off my car. I had
just come from the car wash and was waiting for my wife to finish
my way from across the parking lot, was what society would consider
a bum. From the looks of him he had no car, no home, no clean clothes
and no money.
are times when you feel generous, but there are times that you just
don't want to be bothered. This was one of the Don't-want-to-be-bothered
he doesn't ask me for money," I thought.
didn't. He came and sat on the curb in front of the bus stop and
he didn't look like he could have enough money to even ride the
a few minutes he spoke. "That's a very nice car,"
he said. He was ragged, but had an air of dignity around him.
said "Thanks," and continued wiping off my car.
sat there quietly as I worked. The expected plea for money never
the silence between us widened, something inside said, "Ask
him if he needs any help." I was sure that he would say
yes, but I held true to the inner voice.
you need any help?" I asked.
answered in three simple, but profound, words that I shall never
often look for wisdom in great accomplishments. I expect it from
those of higher learning and accomplishments. I expected nothing
here but an outstretched grimy hand.
spoke three words that shook me. "Don't we all?"
needed help. Maybe not for bus fare or a place to sleep, but I needed
help. I reached in my wallet and gave him not only enough for bus
fare but enough to get a warm meal and shelter for the day.
three little words still ring true. No matter how much you have,
no matter how much you have accomplished, you need help too.
matter how little you have, no matter how loaded you are with problems,
even without money or a place to sleep, you can GIVE help. Even
if it's just a compliment, you can give that!
never know when you may see someone that appears to have it all.
They are waiting on you to give them what they don't have. A different
perspective on life, a glimpse of something beautiful, a respite
from daily chaos, that only you, through a torn world can see.
the man was just a homeless stranger wandering the streets. Maybe
he was more than that. Maybe he was sent by a power that is great
and wise to minister to a soul too comfortable in himself.
Someone looked down, called an Angel, dressed him like a bum and
then said, "Go minister to that man cleaning the car, that
man needs help."
DON'T WE ALL?
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Yes You Can!
POINT YOUR THOUGHTS
went to perform a wedding for my Goddaughter on the Island
of Hawaii. In order for me to return home to Maui that evening,
I had to book the last flight out of Kona. The airline reservation
agent informed me that I would have to change planes in Honolulu,
and my connection time would be an illegal 25 minutes. If
I missed my connection, the airline would not be responsible
for me. Okay, I thought, Ill take my chances. I love
my Goddaughter and would not miss this opportunity.
performed the ceremony and sat in the Kona airport reading
an inspiring book, waiting for my flight. Suddenly a voice
came over the loudspeaker announcing that my flight would
be departing 15 minutes late. Hmmm. That whittled my time
to change planes down to 10 minutes. My mind started to spin
off into what if scenarios, but I decided to not
go there and just practice trusting. Why waste precious moments
of life worrying? I decided to use the experience as an opportunity
to stay happy no matter what.
plane took off late and I refused to look at my watch. I remembered
one of my favorite quotes by Emerson: The wise man
in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but
for deliverance from fear. Instead of trying to
dictate how things should work out, I simply asked for peace.
I looked out the window and enjoyed the sunset.
arrived 15 minutes late, I calmly exited the plane at Gate
53, and walked to the monitor to find out what gate my next
flight was departing from. You can imagine my surprise when
I saw that my flight was leaving from Gate 53. My flight to
Maui was on the same plane I had just sat on! I laughed as
I found my way to the very seat I had just left. No matter
how late my first flight was, I would have been on the second
believe there was a direct connection between my practicing
trust and the serendipitous result that occurred. Have you
ever noticed that when you are impatient, frazzled, and upset,
things go worse, and when you are relaxed, patient, and trusting,
things go better?
Holmes (1887-1960), author of many books about spiritual principles
and practice, taught that there is an Intelligent Power running
the universe, and that Power responds to the thoughts we think
in harmony with it. Thinking and acting with faith changes
the results you get.
you find yourself in a situation in which you seem to have
no control, point your thoughts toward peace, and the universe
is true peace?" By
Guido ten Berge & Ilse C. Nijssen © 2003
STILL LIVE IN A WORLD IN WHICH WARS, DISASTERS and diseases
prevail in spite of the many churches, religions, peace organizations
and Nobel prizes for peace. Peace develops there where harmony
exists within a human being and consequently with his or her
surroundings. Since humankind is becoming more alienated from
itself, the word peace is taking on an ever more bitter undertone.
is wrong with this planet? Why are the misery and the threat
of war only increasing?
you think about peace, you automatically associate it with
something good. When you think about war, the word evil immediately
springs to mind. But what is good and what is evil? In order
to create true harmony we will have to become aware of the
meaning of these polarities. What to one person is good, to
another is not good and vice versa.
is based on love but it requires discipline. Love excludes
nothing and lays no claim whatsoever. The lack of inner discipline
creates an outer lack of freedom and this has a restricting
effect on oneself but also on ones surroundings.
as people are dualistic beings and are continuously forced
to find balance within ourselves by becoming conscious of
our own harmony. Therefore love always conquers evil. War
is the product of a state of mind that occupies itself with
the loss of material and immaterial patterns of thinking related
to our ego. In matters relating to peace we should try to
act creatively by opening up to creativity which, in itself
has a soothing effect.
that you encounter in the NOW you have already encountered
before. A new solution is required, however, in order to find
harmony within yourself, with the other and with totality.
Each pressure that becomes too strong creates a cosmic disturbance
that requires harmonization.
that you can never lose the essence of who you are and what
feels right to you. If we truly want peace on earth, then
we will have to change our way of thinking. In order to open
new doors, we should not close the doors we have already passed
should, however, try to gain a wider perspective of values.
Therefore, if the new is to replace the old it does not necessarily
mean that the new is better than the old or vice versa. What
matters is that we change our ways and broaden our horizons.
has clearly become alienated from itself. We still put the
blame for the wars and disasters that are taking place outside
ourselves. Let us see the error of our ways and realize than
everything, each and every thing, has an impact on ourselves
and that we alone are responsible for what we create. Let
us also be mindful of the fact that if we do not change our
ways, we will continue to create in a negative way.
should become aware that the true Light can only be found
within and that our life should be based on and lived according
to this principle. It is in fact a very simple truth but because
the majority of people think that humankind is helpless against
invisible forces and powers that are affecting the earth,
there seems to be no way out! Therefore it is very important
that we work on becoming conscious and that we all come to
realize that each of us plays a key role here on earth and
that we alone are responsible for our actions.
as to gain a broader understanding of what is happening around
us, it is important that we stop denying our spiritual nature.
Our soul longs to pursue its own way without being hindered
by the opinions of others. This is not easy if our lives are
ruled by what others expect of us. Rules that go against our
own spiritual nature are precisely the reason why the world
is slowly but surely degenerating and becoming a darker place.
human beings are equal and there is no need to become the
followers of anyone or anything. No one is better than another.
We will be able to grasp the true meaning of this once we
look within ourselves and stop placing everything outside
of us. We must learn to work more dimensionally instead of
following any kind of dogma or peace organization.
of the polarities, this disharmony may move either to the
left or to the right. Therefore the profound darkness now
found on earth though very serious can still be reversed.
Now that the moment of truth has arrived, we human beings
in order to salvage the earth will have to go
to the core of our being. The
time has come to come to grips with the strong discontentment
found within ourselves.
working on ourselves and seeking the light within, we will
be able to help make the earth a brighter place. In doing
so we will create a new harmony and pave the way for peace
Alan Cohen, M.A., www.AlanCohen.com
Author of 20 popular inspirational books and tapes, including
the award winning books: The
Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Deep Breath of Life: Daily Inspiration for Heart-Centered
(Contributed by Sherry who lives in Miami, Florida)
Zeno's Early "Basilica Kourion"
away in the easternmost corner of the Mediterranean Sea
lies Cyprus an island republic of spectacular beauty
with sandy beaches enclosed by rugged cliffs, cool cedar
forests, scented orange groves and gentle meadows blanketed
in wildflowers. Rich in history yet replete with modern
amenities, relaxing and effortless yet full of surprises,
Cyprus is irresistible to everyone. And has been for 9,000
years. In a superb location overlooking the sea are the
remains of a monumental early-Christian basilica, Basilica
Kourion (shown above), which was commissioned by Bishop
Zeno. Inscriptions and the remnants of the intricate mosaic
floor can still be seen here.
is an historic island, the third largest in the Mediterranean,
where modern travelers retrace the footsteps of figures
as diverse as St. Paul, Alexander the Great and Leonardo
da Vinci. Cyprus is also a romantic island, once Anthonys
gift to Cleopatra and where, according to mythology, the
goddess Aphrodite first emerged from the sea. There are
truly worlds to discover in this eminently accessible island,
where the service is extraordinary and the people are as
warm as the Mediterranean sun. The whims of history have
endowed Cyprus with an incomparable heritage, making it
a world-renowned destination for anyone interested in art,
history, and culture. Stone Age ruins, Greek temples, Roman
theaters, Venetian structures and Byzantine churches cover
the island. Golden icons, colorful frescoes and archaic
statuary are among the artifacts that will captivate you,
taking you back centuries. Witness artisan crafts made according
to ancient traditions.
appreciate another legacy of Cyprus many-layered history.
The Greek, Venetian, British and Near East cultures have
all lent their hand in creating a cuisine unlike any other.
Almost every port and mountain village has a specialty:
whether it be a variety of the renowned Cypriot wine, a
special goat cheese, or a uniquely prepared lamb dish, new
sensations await even the most urbane palate. In Cyprus,
one can share a meze a table laden with up
to thirty little culinary delicacies
with friendly locals in a charming stone village.
For outdoor enthusiasts, there are the Troodos Mountains,
a rugged region that hikers, campers, and nature-watchers
call paradise. In spring, the range is a dazzling carpet
of wildflowers (as is all of Cyprus, home to myriad blossoming
plants over one hundred species found solely on the
island). To the west of the town of Larnaca lies the Salt
Lake, famous haunt of migrant flamingoes from December to
March. Near the lake, in a tranquil setting crowned by lush
palms, you'll find the Hala Sultan Tekke (photo below),
a complex with a small mosque, mausoleum, minaret and living
quarters. In Spring, Summer and Fall, there are walking
trails and panoramic vistas for all to enjoy. And in winter,
astonishingly, skiers hit powder in the mountains of Cyprus.
Tranquil "Hala Sultan Tekke"
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COMPUTER TIPS & 'TOONS
Your Printer Work FOR You
There is probably no bigger frustration than a waste
of printer paper due to careless formatting. I have worked
in plenty of offices where hundreds of pages could have
been rescued from the recycling bin with a few simple
clicks. Many people are simply not aware of the amount
of options they have with their printer. Would you like
to have a few helpful hints that will save you money and
headaches down the road?
Call for Stories from Dr. Barbara Sinor
and Author: An Inspirational Guide for the
Gifts From the Child Within, and Beyond
Words: A Lexicon of Metaphysical Thought
New Book 2008: What's Really Going On? Questioning
Our View of Addiction
My name is Dr. Barbara Sinor, I'm currently
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Tales of Addiction ...
If you have been or are addicted to a form
of drug or alcohol, or you have been affected
by someone who is or was addicted and would like
to anonymously share your story; please email
me to receive online information on how
your addiction story can be considered for inclusion
in this informative book. Whether sober, using,
straight or in the process of recovery, everyones
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can be a valuable insight for our younger generations,
as well as, an awakening call to ourselves as
adults. I urge you to consider how sharing YOUR
story of addiction might help both yourself and
those facing similar life struggles.
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QUESTIONS TO PONDER
bread is square, then why is sandwich meat round?
disease did "cured" ham actually have?
is the time of day with the slowest traffic called "rush
are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?
hungry crows have "ravenous" appetites?
money doesn't grow on trees then why do banks have branches?
you know that rubber bands last longer when refrigerated?
a part-time bandleader be considered a semi-conductor?
you know that a
goldfish has a memory span of three seconds?
illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet soup?
doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane?
Disney World the only people trap operated by a mouse?
the Alphabet Song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
have the same tune?
did you just try singing the two songs above?
a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a "hearing"?
is it that our
eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears
never stop growing?
was the first person to look at a cow and say, "I think
I'll squeeze these dangly things here, and drink whatever comes
do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in
binoculars to look at things on the ground?
the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a
coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?
you know that there are more chickens than people in the world?
it's zero degrees outside today and it's supposed to be twice
as cold tomorrow, how cold is it going to be?
is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would
be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables,
what is baby oil made from?
do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control when
you know the batteries are dead?
do they call it an asteroid when it's outside the hemisphere,
but call it a hemorrhoid when it's in your......well, you know...?
you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets
mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride; he sticks
his head out the window?
do you have to "put your two cents in".. . but it's
only a "penny for your thoughts"? Where's that extra
penny going to?
(Contributed by Jim who lives in Galena, Illinois)
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