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"If I have been of service, if I have
glimpsed more of the nature
and essence of ultimate good,
if I am inspired to reach wider
horizons of thought and action,
if I am at peace with myself,
it has been a successful day."

~ Chelle Thompson, Editor

From the Inside OutHundredth Monkey

There is a phenomenon I'd like to tell you about. In it may lie our only hope of a future for our species. Here is the story of the Hundredth Monkey:

The Japanese monkey, Macaca Fuscata, had been observed in the wild for a period of over 30 years. In 1952, on the island of Koshima, scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkey liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but they found the dirt unpleasant.

An 18-month-old female named Imo found she could solve the problem by washing the potatoes in a nearby stream. She taught this trick to her mother. Her playmates also learned this new way and they taught their mothers too.

This cultural innovation was gradually picked up by various monkeys before the eyes of the scientists. Between 1952 and 1958 all the young monkeys learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them more palatable. Only the adults who imitated their children learned this social improvement. Other adults kept eating the dirty sweet potatoes.

Then something startling took place. In the autumn of 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes — the exact number is not known. Let us suppose that when the sun rose one morning there were 99 monkeys on Koshima Island who had learned to wash their sweet potatoes. Let's further suppose that later that morning, the hundredth monkey learned to wash potatoes.


By that evening almost everyone in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them. The added energy of this hundredth monkey somehow created an ideological breakthrough! But notice: A most surprising thing observed by these scientists was that the habit of washing sweet potatoes then jumped over the sea ... Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at Takasakiyama began washing their sweet potatoes.

Thus, when a certain critical number achieves an awareness, this new awareness may be communicated from mind to mind. Although the exact number may vary, this Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon means that when only a limited number of people know of a new way, it may remain the conscious property of these people. But there is a point at which if only one more person tunes-in to a new awareness, a field is strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by almost everyone! This phenomenon shows that when enough of us are aware of something, all of us become aware of it.

That concept confirmed my own intuitive trust in the basic tenet of my work — that the appreciation and love we have for ourselves and others creates an expanding energy field that becomes a growing power in the world. There is no need to feel helpless or get paralyzed by hopelessness. There is more power in numbers that we ever hoped to dream about!

We can dispel the old destructive myths and replace them with the life-enriching truths that are essential to continued life on our planet. The next step in our growth as individuals and as a species requires that our minds experience the planetary urgency of letting go of separating mental habits and demands that close our hearts to other people.

We are challenged by our destiny to increase our ability to create with many people the enjoyable experiences of acceptance and cooperation. Individual and species survival means increasing our tolerance, our patience and our own understanding so that we do not continue to drive ourselves crazy when people or situations are not the way we want them to be.

We can no longer afford to create separateness and alienation if we want to get the most from our lives. We can still want what we want. We can think it's only fair or right to get it. We can still put gentle energy into trying to change things. But we must learn not to throw people out of our hearts. We tear each other apart too easily . . . .

We're all like kids, taking our disagreements and our differences too seriously! When will we learn that it is only our emotion-backed demands that make us create the internal experience of unhappiness? Our egos and rational minds are so good at making us feel and think that the problem of human separateness lies in the outside world — and not inside ourselves!

With practice, this mental skill of inner flexibility will make us even more effective and powerful. It takes a strong person to be able to lovingly but directly communicate what he or she wants to someone who disagrees — and acts hostile. You will increase your skill in helping the world when you learn to be mentally flexible. This means being able to constantly blend back into creating an experience of life as a whole with appreciation, cooperativeness and love for the people around you — even when they oppose you.

We haven't yet become effective at operating our minds and our emotions to create that subtle blend of both head and heart that lets us use our treasure chest of inner wisdom. This wisdom is kept tightly locked up when our egos and minds run off the tapes that continually create the illusion of separateness. Only by opening our minds and hearts will we find the rich, intuitive wisdom that always lies within every human being — even if it isn't used.

The conflicting energies in our world are so great today that perhaps we need the "millionth monkey" to project the energy of wholeness and cooperation — of friendship and love, of sharing life on this planet together.

~ From "The Hundredth Monkey" By Ken Keyes

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"There's an energy crisis in America, and it has nothing to do with fossil fuels. Millions of us get up each morning already weary over what the day holds. "I just can't get started," people say. Or, "I feel drained just thinking about the long hours ahead." But it's not physical energy that most of us lack. Sure, we could all use extra sleep and a better diet. But in truth, people are healthier today than at any time in history. I can almost guarantee that if you long for more energy, the problem is NOT with your body.

What you're seeking is not the adrenaline-filled, bounce-off-the-walls kind of energy. It's emotional energy. Emotional energy is an aliveness of the mind, a happiness of the heart, and a spirit filled with hope. Yet, sad to say, life sometimes seems designed to exhaust our supply. We work too hard. We have family obligations. We encounter emergencies and personal crises. No wonder so many of us suffer from emotional fatigue, a kind of utter exhaustion of the spirit, a sense that we're just going through the motions.

And yet we all know people who are filled with exuberance and joy, despite the sometimes grim external circumstances of their lives. Even as a child, I observed people who were dirt-poor or disabled or whose physical energy had been sapped by disease, but who nonetheless faced life with optimism and vigor. Consider Laura Hillenbrand, who, despite having been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, wrote the best-selling book Seabiscuit, about a horse who becomes an unlikely champion. Hillenbrand barely had enough physical energy to drag herself out of bed to write. But she was fueled by having a story she cared about and wanted to share. Or think of the painter Frida Kahlo, who endured excruciating pain her entire adult life, yet produced vibrant, deeply-felt canvases.

Emotional energy came to the rescue. The best news? Unlike physical energy, which is finite and diminishes with age, emotional energy is unlimited and has nothing to do with genes or upbringing. So how do you get it? You can't simply tell yourself to be positive. You must take action. Here are seven practical strategies that work:

1. Do something genuinely new:
Very little that's new occurs in our lives. The impact of this sameness on our emotional energy is gradual, but huge: It's like a tire with a slow leak. You don't notice it at first, but eventually you'll get a flat. It's up to you to plug the leak — even though there are always a dozen reasons to stay stuck in your rut. Here's a challenge: If it's something you wouldn't ordinarily do, do it. Try a cuisine you've never eaten. Drive home via a different, scenic route. Listen to music you'd ordinarily tune out. You'll discover that small gestures pack a powerful emotional energy punch.
That's where Maura, 36, a waitress and would-be caterer, found herself a year ago. Fortunately, Maura had a lifeline — a group of women friends who meet regularly to discuss their lives. The women's lively discussions about how to shake up their lives spurred Maura to make small but nevertheless life-altering changes. She joined a gym in the next town. She took up yoga. She changed her look with a short haircut and new black T-shirts. Eventually, Maura gathered the courage to quit her job and devote herself full time to her fledgling catering business.

2. Reclaim life's meaning: So many of the patients in my psychotherapy practice tell me that their lives used to have meaning, but that somewhere along the line things went stale. The foundation is there, but the urgency is missing. The first step in solving this meaning shortage is to figure out what you really care about, then do something about it. That's what meaning is: a heartfelt concern that is woven into your everyday life. A case in point is Ivy, 57, a pioneer in investment banking. "I mistakenly believed that all the money I made would mean something," she says. "But I feel rudderless, like a 22-year-old wondering what to do with her life." Ivy's solution? She started a program that shows Wall Streeters how to donate time and money to underprivileged children. In the process, Ivy infused meaning into her own life.

3. Put yourself in the fun zone: Most of us grown-ups are seriously fun-deprived, and it shows in our flagging energy levels. High-energy people have the same day-to-day grinds as the rest of us, but they manage to find something enjoyable in every situation. We all define fun differently, of course, but I can vouch for this: If you lighten up and inject just a bit of it into your day, your energy will zoom. A real-estate broker I know, whose work load is enormous, keeps herself amused — and energized — on the job by mentally redecorating the houses she shows to clients. "I love imagining what even the most dilapidated fixer-upper could look like with a little TLC," she says. "It's a challenge — and the least desirable properties are usually the most fun."

4. Bid farewell to guilt and regret: Everyone's past is filled with regrets, mistakes, and missed opportunities that still cause pain. These feelings are an index of our humanity, evidence that we have a heart and a conscience. But from an emotional energy point of view, they are deadweights that keep us from moving forward. While they can't merely be willed away, I do recommend you give yourself a good talking-to. Remind yourself that everyone has negative experiences. But whatever happened is in the past, and nothing can change that. Holding on to the memory only allows the damage to continue into the present.

5. Keep your flywheel spinning: People always talk about finding a passion, but something that exalted can end up being more draining than energizing. That's why I talk about flywheels, mechanical devices that store energy, then give it back to you as needed. High-energy people always have a flywheel — an interest they connect with, no matter how eccentric. If you don't have a flywheel, find one. Anything fun and absorbing will do, from bike riding to gardening. Anticipating the activity can get you up in the morning and get you through an otherwise blah day. For Leslie, 29, that flywheel is collecting antique recipes. She loves to browse secondhand bookstores for old cookbooks. "I feel like an archaeologist who finds a rare dinosaur bone, only I bring the dinosaur back to life," she says.

6. Make up your mind — Every time you can't decide, you burden yourself with alternatives: How to break the impasse? Quit thinking that you have to make the right decision; instead, make a good-enough decision. Any decision. High-energy people make a choice and don't look back. The emotionally exhausted stay stuck, forever vacillating. In emotional energy land, what matters is ending your ambivalence. Say you've been thinking about cutting your hair short. Will it look stylish — or too extreme? You endlessly mull it over, debate the matter with friends. Having the decision hanging over your head is a huge energy drain. Decide what you're going to eat tonight. Then decide about the haircut. That will get you in the ballpark of deciding about your future.

7. Give to get — Emotional energy has a kind of magical quality — the more you give, the more you get back:
This underscores the fundamental difference between emotional energy and physical energy. With the latter, you have to get it to be able to give it. With emotional energy, however, you get it by giving it. But you have to take specific action. Start by asking everyone you meet, "How are you?" as if you really want to know, then listen to the reply. Be the one who hears. Most of us also need to smile more often. If you don't smile at the person you love first thing in the morning, you're sucking energy out of your relationship. Finally, help another person — and make the help real, concrete. Give a massage to someone you love, run an errand, or cook them a dinner.

Then, expand the circle. Try going through an entire day asking yourself what you'd do if your goal were to be helpful rather than efficient. After all, if it's true that what goes around comes around, why not make sure that what's circulating around you is the good stuff?

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The Emotional Energy Factor: The Secrets High-Energy People Use to Beat Emotional Fatigue

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A meteor shower lights up the sky over the Mexican volcano Popocatépetl (Aztec name for "Smoking Mountain") near the village San Nicolás de los Ranchos in the Mexican State of Puebla, located in the central part of the country. The meteor shower, named Geminid because it appears to originate from the constellation Gemini, lit up the sky with dozens of shooting stars per hour in December, 2004. The volcano park is about 45 miles (70 kilometers) from Mexico City. Its surroundings are dominated by mountain ranges with enormous volcanoes such as Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl while forests and fertile cropland, as well as rivers, lakes, springs and reservoirs complete the landscape. An ancient Náhuatl legend that tells the sad love story between Popocatépetl, a young warrior, and Itzaccíhuatl, a pretty Aztec princess, derives from the prominent volcanoes. They turned into two colossal mountains very close to one another as a final proof of their eternal love.

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1. Set up your computer correctly.
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Many years ago I lived in Tokyo, so last month I was on eBay browsing for Japanese figurines and other Asian goodies. As I scrolled through the offerings, my eye caught a Japanese airplane watercolor print that summoned an idea from out of the ethers ... right into my head. I then found myself running a totally unplanned search for B-25 planes (which my dad flew during W.W.II). Well, the hunt resulted in a synchronistically beautiful experience that I could never have consciously orchestrated. This is what happened with a complete stranger on the other side of the globe:

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Framed Original Signed Oil
Frame Size 18.5" x 14.5"
By Celebrated Norfolk Artist Angela McGhee

More than just a painting, this is a piece of history. Because of the subject matter of this original oil and its significance to our cousins across the sea in America, I am willing to post to America and Europe from New Quay, Wales, UK. — Martin






When I saw the above listing, I placed a minimum bid, then emailed Martin in the United Kingdom:
"What a perfect gift for my dad who piloted B25's when he was a young man ... he's 80 now and this would surely put a sparkle back in his eyes! Can you tell me anything about the artist?"

And Martin emailed back to me in Santa Fe, New Mexico:
"I have to agree it does sound just perfect for your Dad — it is a quality painting and I should know as I am an art dealer. Of course for someone like your Dad, the magic transcends pure art to a whole new level because of the memories it evokes. My Dad is dead, unfortunately, but I think, for what its worth, that your thoughtful sentiment in considering this item for your dad is beautiful. My understanding of the artist, Angela McGhee, is that she is the granddaughter of a wartime marriage between a Canadian pilot and a English Land Girl.** Angela studied at art college in London and is now possibly Artist in Residence at the American War Museum in Norfolk, England. She has a reputation here in England as a specialized artist, renowned for detail and accuracy and soul in American war memorabilia art." (**During the fist six months of the Second World War, over thirty thousand men previously working in agriculture had joined the British forces. The government re-formed The Women's Land Army and by 1944 there were 80,000 women volunteers working on the land. About a third of the volunteers moved from Britain's industrial cities to the countryside and became "Land Girls.")

The next day I won the auction ... as the ONLY bidder for this unique item, and Martin wrote:
"Congratulations, Chelle — Strange sensation for me ... I was sitting here willing you to win even though a new bidder would have meant a figure closer to its real value. Guess I'm just a softy! I love the art and to know it will end up where it really means something special, has a value beyond pounds or dollars."

Martin took extra care wrapping the artwork, and for safekeeping across the pond, he even taped a guardian angel card on the outside. Our ethereally-generated cargo arrived in New Mexico ten days later in stellar condition. Because the angel had done such a great job, I left her attached to the parcel, so she could guide the painting's journey to my dad in Homestead, Florida.

When the package arrived, Dad was taken completely off-guard and could barely talk on the phone through his tears. At first he thought it was a photo, but soon realized it was a luminous oil painting ... one that captured in mid-flight his favorite airplane and a million memories. We are both grateful and in delighted awe of the magical gifts that come to all of us from the Synchronicity of the Universe, when we have ears to hear and eyes to see ... For as Martin responded, "Your Dad's reaction to his surprise present is one of life's precious moments where all parties get nothing but a positive reaction — a moment's lifting of the spirit. Oh, but all the world's exchanges followed such a path. As always with heartfelt regards and respect, Martin."

There comes a time when all the cosmic tumblers
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Chelle (Pronounced 'Shay') Thompson
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