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“You have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn't worked.
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August 27, 2007


"I Believe" sung by Nicky Addeo
As a teenager, Nicky had the unique distinction of sleeping on virtually every street in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Having no permanent home, he would get haircuts in cars from an unknown Danny DeVito (then a hairdresser). But Nicky would survive the mean streets and defy his challenges ...

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Many times we have difficulty receiving ... compliments, favors, kindnesses, etc. Low self-worth is the underlying cause of most depression, despair, illness and even criminal activity in the world. So as my dear friend, Bernie Beaumont, always says, "You need to welcome good things into your life — because you've got DESERVEMENT!"

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Though only a boy of 12, Silas Harper exhibited all the characteristics that ingratiated his elders. It was hard not to like the kid — cheerful, enthusiastic, diligent, helpful — your typical boy scout type.

His family eked out a meager existence on a less than desirable piece of property on the outskirts of town. The rocky outcrops on the small Arkansas farm did not bode well for wheat or corn, so the Harpers did what they could with some livestock and doing odd jobs for the other families in town. Silas, as always, did more than his share to help with the chores.

As he grew into adulthood, his ambitions and charm grew too. Some thought he would become a banker or lawyer. But Silas had bigger dreams than that. "My dad's farm is a nice place, but what would I do with that property?" he asked friends.

He didn't get any arguments. The farm was hardly workable and for all intents and purposes was "good for nuttin."

By the time he was 19, Silas had saved enough money to board the train and head west to seek his fame and fortune. He set up an import business in San Francisco and was not only well received by the business community there, but achieved success in a relatively short time.

Colleagues liked and trusted him. It seemed that luck was on his side, until several years later when he stood on the street and cried while he watched a fire destroy his business. Everything he had worked for had gone up in smoke.

The Worst Day of My Life

But nothing and no one would ever stand in his way. "I must say that I thought that was the worst day of my life," Silas later recalled, "but that wasn't the only setback I experienced as destiny handed me my fate." Indeed, Silas spent the next forty years spanning the globe, living in exotic places, and putting deals together. However, he was overtaken with illness, dishonest business partners, and other misfortunes.

He sought peace and contentment by eventually finding his way back home. The old homestead had been boarded up for many years, and the farmhouse was in desperate need of repair. But Silas enjoyed the company of his old friends, and he invested what he had to fix the place up.

One spring day, Silas was relaxing in his rocking chair on the back porch of the old farmhouse. It was a nice day. But something was about to happen that would make it very special.

A glint of sunlight had caught his eye. It caused him to look up and search the rocky field. Silas caught the spot in the field where the ray of light had come from. He got up, walked over to the spot, knelt down, and saw something.

"At that point," he said, "I tried to look more closely. My eyesight hadn't been the best, so I got my spectacles out. I can't say I know one rock from another, but I've been around enough to think I knew what I was looking at."

Within a week, geologists from a state university had confirmed his find. Silas was looking at a diamond. But that's not all. They had surveyed his property and discovered the place was littered with diamonds — so many in fact, that Silas was now sitting on the largest diamond field in North America.

That worthless piece of rock infested earth — the same one that Silas had forsaken decades before for opportunity in distant lands — turned out to be one of the most valuable pieces of real estate anywhere.

If Silas was bitter before, he could only kick himself now. "If I had only known," he told friends, "that my riches were not only right in front of me, but given to me early, I would have lived my life very differently."

You Already Have the Key

As a wealthy celebrity, Silas spent the remaining years of his life going to schools and telling students the lessons he learned. They listened intently.

"Don't think for a minute that what you are looking for is down that track, or over the next hill. Don't be fooled into thinking that someone else has what you want. Yes, strive for what you seek. Work hard and honestly for what you want. But don't blind yourself to what you can find in front of you right now! You already have the key to unlock the treasures.

"It took me a lifetime to discover the secret I am telling you now. Please don't misunderstand. I'm not telling you to go to the trouble of running outside with a shovel. No, it's much easier than that. You don't even have to get your hands dirty!

"The trick to finding your treasure involves opening your eyes, and opening your heart. Look in front of you, and within you. Some of you are afraid to look because you have grown comfortable struggling with troubles you've come to expect.

"Believe me when I tell you that you have been given everything you need. You already own the gifts you seek. Don't spend your lifetime seeking your happiness, when in reality, you already have the means to it.

"Everyone is good at something, and you'll come to find out that the more you
share your treasures, the shinier they get, and the more valuable they become.
We can become rich beyond imagination when we discover that

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An attachment is, by its very nature, a thief of freedom. An attachment is, by definition, a connection. A connection and/or attachment means that one is "tied to" something. If one is "tied," one is not free.

Do all attachments have a foundation of fear? It's something to consider. Do we become attached to a person, a thing, or a belief because we fear that we will lose it, or lose something that we've attached importance to through it?

The automatic response would very likely be no we hold onto things because we love them or believe in them. But beneath that quick response is the need to re-evaluate our modus operandi.

As a species we are being asked to evolve in order to begin the process of healing in order to learn to live in harmony with the rest of existence. In order to accomplish this great task, we have to be willing to question ourselves and willing to delve into the questions that may make us feel uncomfortable.

What is fear? Fear is a lack of trust. Who or what do we distrust? Ourselves. If we live with fear we are telling ourselves that we do not trust ourselves, the Universe, The Creator, and our connection to Soul. We are telling ourselves that Soul, The Creator, and all of the powers that be will fail to lead us in a direction that will benefit our Soul's growth.

We are failing to remember that all experiences are beneficial to Soul. We are living only in an ego-based, personality-driven world that does not include the power of the Soul and the power of our personal union with The Creator. Because we are living in an illusionary world that is being made manifest by the fact that our Soul has issued a portion of itself into this world, we tend to give our power and our connection to Soul away to the illusion that seems so real.

The human side of us believes there is much to fear. The Soul side of us knows there is nothing to fear. Soul cannot be damaged by any experience. Every experience throughout time and existence is evaluated for the wisdom it offers. Nothing more.

When we integrate Soul-wisdom into our human way of BE-ing, we understand that all things are one. Worlds, realities, dimensions, people, and things are actually only separated by what they appear to be. In other words, all things, as energy, take form/shape. Our belief in the solidity and "realness" of that shape keeps us focused on the separation between one thing and another.

Addressing the topic of "death," we understand that there is no such thing as death. "Death" is a transition from one form of expression to another. We cease to express ourselves through a physical human body and begin to more fully express as spirit or Soul. To continue the understanding, nothing separates us from the dimension that "death" takes us into except our belief that there is a separation.

(When we "die," we step into a different dimensional experience. The only thing that separates one dimensional experience from another is the "vibration of tangibility" that exists in each dimension.)

Looking at "loss," we find that the same understanding applies. We cannot lose anything or anyone. All things are one. We can discontinue our interaction momentarily. But we cannot lose anything at all. Most of us fear losing someone that we are having a relationship with. The understanding of non-separation addresses this issue as well.

Each Soul is, if we allow it, a Divine Director of the human experience. As Soul, we choose each experience for what we can learn from it. As Soul, we make a choice to share space and time with various people throughout our lives. The other person makes the same choice. And, the other person's Soul is directing events, just as our Soul is.

Years ago this process was beautifully and succinctly addressed for me. I've never forgotten the profound awareness that was contained within the brief moment of the vision.

I was shown a wide stairway that curved and wound its way toward "heaven." There were dozens of people lingering on each step. Some were walking up the stairs. Some were standing, conversing. Most of the people were in sets of two, as couples; some were holding hands. Every person was smiling and seemed completely at peace.

I found myself on a stair, looking upward. The man I was having a relationship with at the time was standing on the same step as I, smiling. I turned to him, in the form of pure spirit, and told him that we had walked together for as long as our Souls desired and that it was time for me to move forward.

He smiled more widely and took my hand with the gentleness of one Soul touching another. He nodded without anger or fear or resistance and told me that he understood. He said that he knew he had not learned what he needed to learn yet, on this step of life, but that he honored me for my progress forward. We parted gently and I continued my upward climb without him. When I had moved two steps up, another man appeared and took my hand. It was time for his Soul and my Soul to walk together, to learn together.

Each time I meet another Soul on this journey of life, I call to mind this vision. Deep within each of us is a yearning to be free. To be accepted for who and what we are, and to be allowed the freedom to walk the path of life in a way that brings us joy and wisdom.

When we hold on to another person when our Soul is telling us to release them to move on, we may be restricting their spiritual growth. When we allow others and ourselves the freedom to be in our lives without restriction, limitation, fear, and "fences," we honor the progress of all Souls.

Is it love or is it fear that insists that we cannot allow someone we love the freedom to experience life without us by their side?

We have, as a human society, established "rules of human behavior." It often goes against the grain of these rules, and ruffles many emotional feathers, when we are called to explore the possibility that there may be a better way. It is not that we have been "wrong" in the past. It is that we are evolving and the old rules no longer apply.

The "illusion" of life on Earth seems absolutely real. And in some ways, it is. However, it is not as real as the core Truth of who we are.

The current evolutionary process is all about the process of evolving into a world of enlightenment, peace, harmony, and connection. Connection to the wisdom and Truths of Soul and The Creator. Each of us will experience a personal evolution as well as a societal evolution. It cannot happen any other way for each of us must claim responsibility for the energies we manifest and share with the energy of this world.

Whatever pain, belief, fear, or judgment we have that causes us to believe that we are not safe, that we are not loved, or that we are not valued will deliberately cause us to have experiences that will force us to find the Truth beneath the pain and fear. Only by finding the core of the belief that such a thing as suffering must exist will we find the Truth beneath the emotions of suffering. Only by finding the core can we manifest the healing.

We are the originators of our own suffering, with the core belief that suffering is possible as the base for our creation. Our fear has the power to push away our Truth … only if we allow it. Our belief that miracles are not possible causes miracles to not be possible at least in our own reality.

But we all know that's not the Truth.

~~Copyright, Lauren Zimmerman, 2003
Creator of "OTHER WORLDS: The Series"
(Article originally published in Voices For A New World: An E-Magazine)

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Shakespeare's assertion that "Man is the measure of all things" could not have been made by anyone who has spent time in Alaska. In this land, man is humbled by the sheer mythic proportions of the landscape. The rivers and the vastness of space were made for Titans to roam and explore; the towering mountains were merely their thrones. To the west of Canada's Coast Range, Alaska, the margin of North America stoops abruptly to intermesh with the Pacific in a maze of fjords, valleys, beaches, straits and verdant islands, creating a hybrid landscape of unsurpassed beauty. Into this "last frontier" wave upon wave of people have come, drawn from more crowded lands. First furs were the main attraction, then gold, then fish and timber, and increasingly nowadays, natural beauty. Alaska hosts great mountains and vast glaciers. It houses generations of animals of the most majestic quality, and it has provided residence for some of the most exciting people this earth has known: the Athabascans, the Tlingits and much later, the Eskimos and Aleuts.

Alaska river rafting trips offer you a way to completely escape civilization. On the river you will see no cars, no bridges, no wires. You will not hear a telephone or a television. Even in this remote corner of the world, events conspire daily to remind us that everything is finite. Nothing is in shorter supply than solitude. But if you ever thought of this part of the world as empty, a few days of Alaska river rafting will change that impression. Distances between things may be great, but the abundance of life will constantly surprise you.

At over 150 miles in length, the Tatshenshini River is surrounded by a system of international parks — British Columbia's Tatshenshini Wilderness Preserve, the Yukon's Kluane National Park and Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. "The Tat" is therefore the largest preserved river system in the world. It also springs from a collection of sources in a glacial region that extends from the northwest corner of B.C. into the Yukon and Alaska —- the largest non-polar ice cap on Earth. Perhaps the wildest and most visually spectacular river in North America. The Tatshenshini flows past tall mountains, vast glaciers and an iceberg dotted lake. Bald eagles abound, grizzlies feed on spawning salmon and if you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the blue glacier bear, a rare species of black bear with a fashionably blue-gray fur coat. This adventure is an international journey of unparalleled beauty. In fact this is the area where the "Yukon Iceman" was discovered with his ancient spear and finely woven hat poking through the melting edge of a glacier high in Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park, which has been designated as a World Heritage Site.

Known to many but visited by few, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the last great prehistoric wilderness in North America and the threatened landscape through which the Kongakut River flows. During the endless daylight of the summer solstice the refuge is home to the likes of wild grizzly bear, fox, musk ox and wolves. When the Arctic comes out to play in the summer, it never goes to bed. The land of the midnight sun is another dimension. The sun does not set but plays along the horizon for hours, creating a quality of light that is uniquely clear and soft. Our June trips near summer solstice give us our best Arctic conditions and a chance to see the vast Porcupine Caribou migration in full splendor. Our schedule on the Kongakut will be leisurely since we'll have nearly continuous daylight. The Kongakut is also one of the best spots in the Arctic to witness the migration of the Porcupine Caribou Herd to its summer calving grounds on the slim coastal plains between the Brooks Range and the Beaufort Sea.

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