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the things we are, and lives in our hearts."
~ Barbara Garrison...
August 29, 2005
TODAY'S TUNE [ON/OFF]
I Need Is a Miracle"
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THIS WEEK'S ISSUE
From the Inside Out...
Yes You Can!...
Find a 'Fix'
Untangling the Web...
What a Site and
Just for YOU...
Laughing It Off...
What You Didn't
See at the Louvre
BE the World
You Want to See!
we get into the habit of truly paying attention to life, we often
find that miracles are all around us. They are simply every day
occurrences seen more clearly.
~ Chelle Thompson, Editor
From the Inside Out
WHAT A COINCIDENCE!
Tess was a precocious eight year old when she heard her Mom and
Dad talking about her little brother, Andrew. All she knew was that
he was very sick and they were completely out of money.
were moving to an apartment complex next month because Daddy didn't
have enough money for the doctor bills and the house payments. Only
a very costly surgery could save him now and it was looking like
there was no-one to loan them the money.
heard Daddy say to her tearful Mother with whispered desperation,
"Only a miracle can save him now."
went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding
place in the closet. She poured all the change out on the floor
and counted it carefully. Three times, even. The total had to be
exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes.
placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped
out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall's Drug Store
with the big Indian Chief sign above the door.
waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention but
he was too busy at this moment. Tess twisted her feet to make a
scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting
sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from
her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!
what do you want?" the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone
of voice. "I'm talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven't
seen in ages," he said without waiting for a reply to his question.
I want to talk to you about MY brother," Tess answered back
in the same annoyed tone. "He's really, really sick... and
I want to buy a miracle."
beg your pardon?" said the pharmacist.
name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head
and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does
a miracle cost?"
don't sell miracles here, little girl. I'm sorry but I can't help
you," the pharmacist said, softening a little.
I have the money to pay for it. If it isn't enough, I will get the
rest. Just tell me how much it costs."
pharmacist's brother was a well-dressed man. He stooped down and
asked the little girl, "What kind of a miracle does you brother
don't know," Tess replied with her eyes welling up. "I
just know he's really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation.
But my Daddy can't pay for it, so I want to use my money."
much do you have?" asked the man from Chicago.
dollar and eleven cents," Tess answered barely audibly. "And
it's all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to."
what a coincidence," smiled the man. "A dollar and eleven
cents-the exact price of a miracle for little brothers." He
took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her
mitten and said, "Take me to where you live. I want to see
your brother and meet your parents. Let's see if I have the kind
of miracle you need."
well-dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing
in neurosurgery. The operation was completed without charge and
it wasn't long until Andrew was home again and doing well. Mom and
Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led
them to this place.
surgery," her Mom whispered, "was a real miracle. I wonder
how much it would have cost?"
smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost ... one
dollar and eleven cents ... plus the faith of a little child.
miracle is NOT the suspension of natural law, but the operation
of a HIGHER law ...
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Yes You Can!
FIND A 'FIX' FOR
a physiological perspective, depression is a natural
condition of energy depletion. Since we are active beings (well,
most of us are sometimes, anyway), physical depression is natural
and to be expected. If we naturally accept the physically
depressed state while remaining aware of our bodily
sensations and our feelings while resting and recovering
the eventual consequence will be a revitalizing of our energy
reserves and a restoration of our more joyful mood. Quietly observing
ourselves while down actually accelerates our recuperation.
This is, of course, an important piece of holistic healing wisdom.
we resist the physically depressed state often and long
enough, it can lead to chronic or clinical depression.
This is an example of the physical disturbing, or unbalancing,
the psychological. In other words, this habitual behavior
of resistance results in the conversion from a physiologically depleted
condition to an unbalanced psychological disorder. Not accepting
our depressed state is a form of self-rejection, or self-denial,
a refusal to accept what is. We fail to accept what
is natural, often by blaming others for our condition, or endeavoring
to escape our depression by attempting to distract ourselves with
other activities. Resistance merely delays the rejuvenation while
repressing the negativity, postponing integration, and leaving us
to deal with more debilitating versions of depression later. Our
persistent resistance leads to unrelenting depression, which
becomes a normal state for many of us. This is an all-too-common
example of: What we resist persists.
if our depression is instead a mild, just barely noticeable
ho-hum a general mood that is not obviously attributable
to our current overall physical energy levels?
We feel well rested and are even very active. Yet, there is a cloud
of vague, slightly negative, emotional energy perpetually lingering,
regardless of current events and experiences. Rather than easy-to-recognize
packets of feeling energy, moods are more subtle, generally existing
throughout all of our energy systems. Still, there may be some other
form of resistance as a root cause. This gentle gloom
may be a different kind of signal from the Higher-Self regarding
INACTION the resistance to deal with a pending issue. It
has been my experience that when I find myself in this form of mild
depression, there is usually something that I have been avoiding
(or resisting). One or two meditations quickly point out my unaware
behaviors of avoidance. I am NOT doing my lifes duties. I
have wandered slightly off the path, and the Universe, in Its Infinite
Wisdom, has sent me a message which I can FEEL that states: Recess
is over, get back to your studies. I feel almost instantly
better when I just Joyfully do whatever needs
to be done!"
The Voice of ISIS written by F. Homer Curtiss
in 1913 comes the following observation:
In the life of every earnest seeker after Truth, after
the first enthusiasm of the awakening to his spiritual possibilities
and the wonder of his newly found joy, there comes a period of depression
in which everything seems to fail him, and a shadow of discouragement,
almost lack of faith, seems to spread over him.
is this state of feeling "stuck" that I call a Spiritual
Depression. However, this is not something that can be known
or understood by analyzing a collection of words. It is a life-path
experience either you have had it due to where you were in
an evolutionary phase of your life, or you have not ... not
YET. The specific causes are as varied as the "travelers"
who are experiencing them. In general, though, a common process
may be found in many episodes of Spiritual Depression:
exploring our inner world
through regular meditation instead of being held captive by the
By choosing to be a better person than we ever have been
By intending to express Love in all ways possible...
By petitioning our Higher Self for guidance...
And then sprinting down the path towards discovering our
We immerse ourselves in a new dimension that feels wholly
out of this world at first...
We run full blast until we become exhausted...
Then we have to stop and rest because we are slightly
DEPRESSED. We are racing headfirst into seemingly uncharted
territories. Fears and concerns about "proper direction"
creep in. A life full of old habits, all based upon the past and
not the present moment, still have significant memory
energies to share with the conscious mind. The ego has a stake in
seeing that there are no changes to the status quo. We have just
announced to the whole universe that we are going to be living life
differently from now on do you assume that the ego is going
to sit still without a major fuss for this complete change in life
FIX for Spiritual Depression is an appropriate dosage
of mind your own business. When starting
the Spiritual Growth phase of life, the job is to Know
Thyself ... for THAT is our business. This entails many life-altering
steps. The two most obvious ones are: 1) Discover who you are really
a spirit temporarily possessing an incarnate body having
a human experience with specific purposes (which will most likely
NOT be who you think you are considering all of your ego
masks, roles, etc.). and 2) Discover who you are really
by realizing who you are NOT. This is partially accomplished by
studying our old habits and beliefs. These patterns will reveal
truths about the past with major clues about the things that
need to be "grown" into new, more loving versions, in
order to replace old, stale, fear-based ways of living.
of what we learn in life is how NOT to do it, how
NOT to be, and how to focus on the world OUT THERE.
So your job as a fellow Student of Life is to turn INWARD
and be seriously concerned about rediscovering the REAL you. Find
your specific purposes for being here at this particular time and
place. That's what is meant by mind your OWN business.
Remain ever watchful and the Universe will provide you with an unending
stream of clues regarding your current inner business.
If we become stuck, disappointed or depressed because we no longer
see the clues, then: 1) stop striving so hard; 2)
relax, rest and meditate often; and then, 3) enter a new
phase of clue-searching, without expectations.
the primary ingredient for a disappointment is an expectation.
The Universe will give you exactly what you NEED not necessarily
what you WANT when you are ready, and when you are open to
By YIT, Spiritual Growth Translator
Inspiration & Encouragementfor
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INTERNET VIRUS THREATS**
WHAT YOU DIDN'T SEE AT THE LOUVRE
was a big break in at the Louvre Museum in Paris, but the thieves
were captured because their getaway vehicle was a van which they
couldn't get going before the police arrived. The police captain
asked the head of the criminal band what was wrong with their
getaway van and the thief replied, "We did not have enough
Monet to get Degas to make the Van Gogh."
Doctor I keep painting myself gold!" ... "Don't worry
it's just a gilt complex!"
famous art collector is walking through the city when he notices
a mangy cat lapping milk from a saucer in the doorway of a store.
He does a double take, as he notices that the saucer is extremely
old and very valuable. He walks casually into the store and offers
to buy the cat for two dollars. The store owner replies, "I'm
sorry, but the cat isn't for sale." The collector says, "Please,
I need a hungry cat around the house to catch mice. I'll pay you
twenty dollars for that cat." So the owner replies, "Sold!"
and hands over the cat. The collector continues, "Hey, for
the twenty bucks I wonder if you could throw in that old saucer.
The cat's used to it and it'll save me having to get a dish."
The owner shakes his head and says, "Sorry buddy, but that's
my lucky saucer. So far this week I've sold sixty-eight cats."
think my Grandson best summed up my feelings about abstract art.
We were looking at a painting with a wild mishmash of colors and
he asked, "What's that?" I
replied, "It's supposed to be a cowboy on his horse."
... "Well," he continued, "Why isn't it?"
artist asked the gallery owner if there had been any interest
in his paintings on display during the past month. "I have
good news and bad news," said the owner. "The good news
is that a gentleman inquired about your work and wondered if it
would appreciate in value after your death. When
I told him it would, he bought all 15 of your paintings!"
The artist shouted, "That's wonderful!" then asked,
"but what's the bad news?" The gallery owner sadly replied,
"Well, the guy was your doctor."
many visitors to an Art Gallery does it take to change a light
bulb?... Answer: Two one to do it and one to say "Huh!
My four-year old could've done that!"
artist tried to concentrate on his work, but the attraction he
felt for his model finally became irresistible. He threw down
his palette and brush, took her in his arms and kissed her. She
quickly pushed him away. "Maybe your other models let you
kiss them!" she said with indignation. "I've NEVER tried
to kiss a model before!" he swore. "Really?" she
said, softening. "How many models have there been?"
thought for a moment and replied, "Only four a jug,
two apples and a vase."
Van Gogh's Hilarious Long-Lost Relatives ...
real obnoxious brother: Please Gogh
The brother who ate prunes: Gotta Gogh
The uncle who worked at a convenience store: Stop
His dizzy aunt: Verti Gogh
The cousin who moved to Illinois: Chica Gogh
His magician uncle: Wherediddy Gogh
The cousin who lived in Mexico: Amee Gogh
The nephew that drove a stage coach: Wells Far Gogh
The uncle who was constipated: Cant Gogh
The aunt who loved ballroom dancing: Tan Gogh
His ornithologist uncle: Flamin Gogh
His nephew, the Freudian psychoanalyst: E. Gogh
His cousin who loved tropical fruits: Mang Gogh
His Disco-loving sister: Go Gogh
His niece, who's been traveling in an RV: Winnie
His energetic cowboy nephew: Giddup N. Gogh
His great-great-grandmother: Longga Gogh
His tentatively intimate kissin' cousin: Touchin'
The grandfather who moved to Yugoslavia: U. Gogh
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Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
In a world
that is shifting, everything around us is being redefined.
Through the challenges in my life, I've learned that maintaining
a loving arena of Accountability creates a cornerstone for
change. It's also the gift that keeps on giving for,
when individuals actually rise to the occasion and accept
responsibility for their actions, they then reflect a high
level of consciousness that is a beautiful gift in return.
Truth ... spoken with clarity (not harsh, demeaning words
or ego) is a gift we give to ourselves as well. It frees the
repressed emotional energy that is generated when we sell
ourselves out by remaining silent. I see this approach as
an expanded version of my favorite Dale Carnegie human relations
principle "Giving someone a fine example to live
I recall one of the first times I was brave enough to NOT
EDIT my words, rather than "making nice and not rocking
the boat." Soon afterwards I learned that not editing
was the only way to be, and that by "speaking from the
heart" I could create a loving atmosphere of opportunity.
Several years ago, while directing my Lightship of Santa
Fe project, I encountered four simultaneous situations
for me to practice this philosophy. In three of the cases,
the people involved readily altered their perspective, because
they clearly saw what had happened and "owned" the
consequences of their actions.
The fourth was a seminar leader from another state who, at
the last minute, canceled a newsletter advertisement she had
reserved because HER schedule had changed. When I explained
that this wasn't appropriate because I'd held the space for
her and there was no time to replace it, she slipped into
the very human survival mode of justification, blame and denial.
I remained clear with the facts and, when resolution didn't
appear, I simply said, "Okay, you don't have to pay for
the ad; you, apparently, don't fit well with the nature of
our project, so it's truly best for everyone."
About a week later I received a three-page letter and a check
from this remarkable being, who had spent several days pondering
the events so she could really understand what had occurred.
With a wonderful sense of her own dignity, she acknowledged
the ways she had affected others and apologized for her behavior.
Receiving this "reciprocal gift" inspired me to
call immediately and tell her that she truly DID fit the energy
of Lightship and would be welcome to advertise or present
her workshops with us at any time.
Seeing someone step beyond their "personality self"
and move into alignment with their Soul's Essence is a miracle
to behold. Accountability can be the purest form of compassion
because it often encourages greatness.
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