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THIS WEEK'S ISSUE
From the Inside Out...
First There Was the
Feast of Samhain
Yes You Can!...
the Knocks, Bumps
Just for YOU...
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BE the World
You Want to See!
"After sleeping through a hundred million
centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with
color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn't
it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work
at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how
I answer when I am asked as I am surprisingly often why I bother
to get up in the mornings." ~Richard Dawkins, British Author
~ Chelle Thompson, Editor
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From the Inside Out
OUR TRUE NATURE
the ages settings of great beauty and the depths of the wilderness have been the
contexts in which significant realizations have occurred.
Francis, in a far cry from the conventional image of a pious nature-loving saint,
was actually a passionate practitioner of the use of wilderness to transform consciousness.
His numerous forty-day fasts were nearly all in remote wilderness locations: mountaintops
prophet Mohammed established his fundamental relationship with the inner world
on a desert mountain, wrapped by starlight and the crystalline purity of a desert
Buddha explored the vast intricacies of his inner being in remote forest settings.
A much-overlooked participant in his enlightenment experience was the tree he
sat beneath as he anchored himself into eternity. Much of humanity has, in their
own ways, stepped out into nature and come back restored, renewed, and realigned.
Nightingale received the calling for her life work in a garden. Carl Jung credits
hours of contemplation as a child upon a rock in his back yard to the capacity
he was to have later in life for delving deeply into the psyche.
Jefferson, recovering from severe migraines that would debilitate him for weeks,
would ride his favorite horse to a distant waterfall to find healing and the strength
to help steer the founding of a nation.
does a walk in nature provide such deep restoration? We are a species in the process
of becoming natural. Finding our true nature, so that we can take up our place
in the great dance of the cosmos, is the fundamental act of our lives. Go to a
Zen temple or a Christian monastery, and you will see an architecture of simple
forms repeating themselves. The temple of nature has its own architecture of elegant
repetition. This repetition of basic form reinforces the direct experience of
underlying patterning. When we awaken to such patterning we can rest some of the
struggles and conflicts that live within us. The same patterning that flows through
a forest, meadow, or mountainside lives deeply within our psyches.
conscious beings we are both a part of the external nature we experience through
our senses and the more subtle realms of nature that are emanations of pure consciousness.
All philosophy and essential religious experience emanates from a direct perception
of the depth and beauty of nature. For in the end nature does not stop at the
tip of a leaf or a leap of a salmon. The flow of nature rises, in elegantly apportioned
vibrational levels, from the solidity of stone to the force of pure truth.
walk in nature can help bring about one of the most essential acts a human being
can perform: the stilling of the mind. For when the cacophony of disturbances,
reactions, and self-talk subsides, like a windswept sea suddenly finding calm,
the lens of our lives becomes a still, pure crystalline window for the cosmos
to experience itself through. A walk in the natural world, with conscious mindfulness,
can help bathe the senses in the implicate ordering of existence. Such a direct
and immediate reminder does much to help steer us back to the center of ourselves.
often-asked question in these times of enormous global change is: What
can I do to make a difference? When we answer the call of evolution
by unfolding our inherent capacities, we have taken an act that has far-ranging
when we begin to liberate the divine potential within ourselves, we begin to contribute
to the world. The contributions we make from a state of inner stillness, in which
Guidance becomes tangible, will have an unerring exactness and precision that
can help alleviate even the most powerful difficulties in the world. If there
is any doubt about this process, consider what Gandhi was able to accomplish.
By David La Chapelle, environmental writer and a regular contributor to
Institute of Noetic Sciences Magazine. He has been a Healer for 25 years,
at the Naropa Institute, and has led countless training, retreat,
Quest groups. He lives in Juneau, Alaska.
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we turn there are signs guiding us in the direction of our highest purpose. These
clues are the hallmarks of our "soul signature" the individual
expression of the "unifying essence" from which all our lives spring.
Drawn from La Chapelles popular retreats, Destiny Lines presents
this visionary author and healers proven system for tapping this potential
and expressing the unique gifts only you possess. Includes guided exercises and
meditations. Original music by Grammy Award-winning cellist Eugene Friesen. David
LaChapelle is a writer, poet, and author of Navigating
the Tides of Change
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FIRST THERE WAS THE FEAST OF SAMHAIN...
Yes You Can!
PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THE KNOCKS, BUMPS & WHOOSHES!
brings to light our memories and our apprehensions and enlivens our imagination.
Each year we honestly portray ourselves as something other than who we are, and
venture out into the night fearlessly asking for what we want from strangers and
friends. The chant, Trick or Treat! resounds on neighborhood streets,
with a telltale confidence that our abundant rewards, sweet and freely given,
fill the largest container we dare to hold. Life, too, offers us the opportunity
to boldly request our desires from others as well as the Universe. Just as our
expectations of creepy things that go bump in the night sometimes
come to fruition at Halloween, other evidence of things outside of ourselves interjecting
with our humanity, finds its way into our daily experience.
than just a childhood formulaic riddle, spirit knocking on the door of our consciousness
forces us to awaken to new possibilities. My friend Anns condo, replete
with sounds and noises from unearthly visitors, resonates with a loud knock, or
rap on her wooden front door. The wooden door is closed and behind a locked metal
security door so no one can make contact with the wood, yet the sounds echo throughout
her living room loud enough that her neighbors hear it, too! Ann gave up
going to the door to see her anxious caller because after dozens of times, she
found no one there.
knocks on our door, too. Many times Spirit is there asking for an invitation to
enter our lives, yet finds us not home to answer. Over and over, we hear the call
to a greater life, and either ignore it or find we cannot face the greatness it
offers. We must prepare ourselves equally to knock on the door of opportunity
and to answer the call when opportunity beckons us. Take the initiative to dare
for a great life and you may just receive a treat! you werent
fender benders, to bumper cars, we often equate a bump with a collision in transportation.
Weve all heard the bumps in the night which startle us from
sleep yet we dismiss such noises as the house settling or our pets rousting about.
Bumping into unseen forces, we sometimes feel a hovering entity or looming feeling
surrounding us, daring to collide with our circumventing comfort zone. With our
bodies as vehicles transporting us on the planet, collisions occur naturally with
others and with Spirit around us.
to fear, these gentle bumps into our beingness serve to remind us and alert us
of the awakened world in which we roam. Like the bumper in a pinball machine,
Life stands there, solid and immovable, waiting for us to bump into it. We dart
off in a different direction, most times not due to any epiphany of understanding,
rather from the shock of the bump itself the bump we created.
Life or Spirit bumps into us, it renders a touching reminder for us to awaken
to the events and emotions around us while we make our way on the planet. From
the premonitory diversion to avoid an accident, to the gentle nudge into something
better, Life reminds us of the power of the Infinite as a gentle teacher.
older we grow, the quicker time passes. Our perception and vantage point change
as time reflects against the accumulation of our experience. Time, as we interpret
it through man-made dials and clocks, remains constant and some say, circular
or infinite. Unseen thoughts, entities and even energies wrap around us, check
us out, and whisk away in an instant. The indescribable feeling of déjà
vu, or the instinctive choices we make, represents our higher selves responding
life streaks by us in our unaware state of the daily banal, we waste precious
time in the coma of disengagement. Awaken from the sleep of drudgery and live
the life you want to live! Too often we wake up and we find our children
getting married wondering where did their childhood go? Could twenty years
pass without your conscious awareness of it? Worse yet did those years
whoosh by without our enjoyment and fulfillment of precious moments?
reminds us to step outside of our normal persona to experience something new.
With the eerie knocks, bumps and whooshes, we attract that which we fear but know
is real. Its easy to blame playful ghosts for the pranks they often wield
on us, when our true fears lie within us and were too afraid to face
them. As nurturer of our spirits and benevolent guide, Life knocks on the door
of our consciousness offering us a deeper existence, bumps into us and diverts
us onto a higher path and whooshes by us reminding us that its never too
late to wake up!
a quiet sideways glance at life, Marlene Buffa offers insight through her words
A student of new-thought teachings, Marlene finds practical
spirituality around every corner and seeks
wisdom through observation of lifes
inter-relationships. Sometimes playful, sometimes poignant,
her writing inspires readers in meaningful ways. www.WordsOfMind.com
TREATS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
News!! ~ Here's The Latest Book From Dr. Barbara Sinor:
Whats Really Going On? Inside a Heroin Treatment Program
Whats Really Going On? Inside a Heroin Treatment Program contains powerful
true-life stories woven together to form a tapestry filled with pain, joy, defeat,
and success. The entire book is molded around Deborah McCloskeys heartfelt
desire for her clients to be free of drugs. Her counseling methods both endeared
her as the counselor to get and locked her into a decade of searching
for better ways to help those she felt were stuck on the merry-go-round of a methadone
system. This book should be read by teachers, hospitals employees, college students,
government officials, and our general adult population whether addicted, sober,
is evident throughout the book that Deborahs passion for aiding those in
addiction became her focus, as well as, to help redirect the way we as a society
handle our drug addicted population. This passion led her to write the fascinating
stories which pose the compelling question: Whats really going on? The book
addresses this question and others surrounding the need for change in how those
with drug addictions are treated in our society. One of Deborahs goals was
to manifest this vision and to bring the reality of addiction out-of-the-closet.
stories are true, the people are real, as are the life threatening incidences
and tales of pain. To balance the darkness, Deborah used her candid sense of humor
to reel in the reader until he can no longer resist. Once he enters, he will not
leave until he finds justice. But is there justice? The reader will search for
illumination within the intriguing stories of depression and defeat, but find
it rarely. Only in a few select brave souls who have struggled to become drug-free
will the reader find the answers to the manuscripts questioning title. The
book instructs us all to ask questions surrounding those we love and those we
do not know our addiction population.
Sinor, Ph.D. Counselor and Author ~ Visit my web site for more details: www.DrSinor.com.
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