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There have been several meaningful paranormal experiences that have enhanced my life and confirmed the path I was on at the time. Though I've never seen angels, per se, I've heard their voices and felt their touch and feel more blessed for the encounters.

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It's not necessary to see an angel in order to feel one's presence. Just ask Mark, who is a volunteer firefighter in Ohio and the only paramedic in his district. Usually Mark does not put on an air pack and actually go into a fire, because he needs to be readily available to provide medical care. But when an unoccupied mobile home caught on fire recently — and not enough firefighters had yet arrived — Mark decided to go in.

"My partner and I entered through the back door of the trailer," Mark says (firefighters always travel in pairs). "We kept low to the floor to avoid any superheated gasses that might be higher up."

Mark had control of the hose nozzle, and his partner was helping to drag the hose. Mark saw an orange glow, directed the nozzle towards it, and put out that part of the fire easily. The men crawled through a doorway into a second room filled with furniture, and items lying all around. "Being in a fire is nothing like what they show on TV," Mark says. "If you are lucky, you might be able to see the hose you are carrying. But the smoke is so thick that everything else is done by feel, and of course you are wearing heavy leather gloves." Eventually, however, Mark located the source of the flames, and directed water at it.

But it just kept coming back. "This told us that the fire was being fueled by something other than solid material-like propane or heating oil." It is still possible, Mark says, to contain the spread of such a fire by shutting off the fuel supply, or wetting down the materials around the fire. Mark assumed that those outside the trailer had already turned off the fuel supply, so he and his partner opted to stay in the trailer and keep watering the flames.

"It was about this time," Mark recalls, "that I began to feel uneasy..." At first it was just a sense that something wasn't right. Maybe it was just his imagination, Mark thought. But the feeling persisted. Then he heard a clear male voice: "Mark," it said, "You need to go."

Mark was astonished. The voice was audible, yet it couldn't be his partner — he was too far away to be heard. And an airpack distorts a voice — "it's kind of a Darth Vader effect," Mark says. Not like this voice, so distinct and close it was almost at his ear. Nor were there any openings in the trailer where someone outside could yell through. What was happening?

A few moments later, Mark heard the message again. "Okay," Mark said (in his mind) to the Voice. "I'll go pretty soon. Let me hit this a little more, and see if I can get somewhere."

The Voice was not convinced. "Mark!" it answered, in a no-nonsense tone, "You need to go NOW!" The Voice did not sound angry that he had been ignoring it, Mark says. "It sounded as if it was just giving me an urgent warning."

Mark could disregard it no longer. He turned, motioned to his partner and the two crouched down, to make their way back to the first room. It was difficult, due to all the debris strewn around. As they entered, Mark suddenly saw a tongue of flame enter the room, and heard the terrible "whomph!" sound that all firefighters dread.

It was a flashover, something that happens when the contents of a room are so hot that they can instantly explode, and just one flame can engulf a room in seconds. "Gear might keep you alive for a few seconds if you are caught in a flashover," Mark says, "but you will still be seriously burned." (In fact, the survival rate for firefighters caught in a flashover is 3 to 5 percent.)

"GET DOWN GET DOWN!" Mark yelled as his partner hit the floor. Immediately Mark aimed water at the flash flame, and drove it back, just enough for the two to scramble to safety. Had they still been in the second room — or in the first room for just a few more seconds — they never would have lived.

As the fire waned, Mark thought more seriously about the voice. It had been a young voice, something like his own, firm but not intimidating, a voice that he instinctively knew he could trust and obey. And ... yes, he had heard it once before, when he was seventeen and involved in a serious automobile accident. Wasn't it this same voice that had calmed him as he crashed, reassured him that all would be well? But how could this be?

After the fire, Mark told a friend — another firefighter — about his experience. This man had served more than two tours of duty in Vietnam as a Ranger, extensively involved in combat, as well as a stint in Desert Storm. He immediately knew what Mark was describing.

"I heard that voice on a number of occasions, in fires and in combat," the veteran told Mark, "and I learned to listen to it. The times I got hurt were when I didn't."

~ By Joan Wester Anderson,

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This collection of stories about amazing things that happened when people prayed is the most recent addition to Anderson's series of popular books. The most fascinating—and goose-bump producing—involve incidents in which people in distress receive comfort or aid from figures who later mysteriously disappear or entire buildings that seem to vanish after an angelic encounter. In one story, a woman gets through a difficult night in the hospital nursing her sick baby because her younger sister comes to help her. Later, when she thanks her, the sister is puzzled because she wasn't at the hospital that night. Anderson's stories are related through the eyes of faith, and she has written them to convey a message about prayer and its importance in today's world.

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Verónica de Andrés is an Argentine educator, speaker and author focused on building confidence and emotional intelligence in people around the world. For the last 20 years she has dedicated herself to the study and research of motivation, self esteem and effective learning, after being trained and working with the most prestigious teachers at a global level in these fields. Here are 3 chapters from the film the "Power of Love" to be released December, 2007.
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For many of us, the holiday season brings an unwelcome visitor: depression. But rather than fight against or resist this intruder, you can welcome, understand, and even use the blues as a path to healing. I know ... I've worked for many years to heal my own depression, and what I have to say is born of the 'fire and ice' of my own journey.

Try these holistic approaches to turning depression from
an unwanted intruder into a welcome friend:

Let's begin with understanding. We might notice that the holidays can bring up painful as well as pleasant feelings. Past holidays may have been difficult, or our lives may not be as fulfilled as we would wish. There may be loneliness, sadness, or anger.

Strangely, however, these feelings are not really the problem. If we look deeply into ourselves, we may notice that not only do we feel some pain, but we may also be comparing ourselves with others: "Everyone else seems happy, so what's wrong with me?"

This is where the problem actually starts. Loneliness, hurt, anger, and sadness are normal human feelings — and they are not the same as depression.

Depression is a feeling of deadness and defectiveness. It occurs when emotional pain arises, but, thinking mistakenly that there's something wrong with it, we don't let ourselves feel it. Instead, we block the emotion out, telling ourselves there's something wrong with us for feeling this way. We feel bad and simultaneously think that somehow we are bad. This is depression.

So what can we do? The healing of depression, like the healing of any emotional or physical disturbance, occurs best on four levels of our being — mind, heart, body, and spirit. Here are some simple suggestions:


Accept your depression. I don't mean give in to the depression, just accept its presence in your life so you can work with it. If depression comes in part from rejecting our feelings, rejecting the depression will just make things worse.

Contemplate your depression. Try to understand it. Understand that you are not alone, that many of us experience depression around the holidays. Understand that sadness, loneliness, and anger do not indicate that something is wrong with you. Just the opposite! They show that you react to painful situations, that you feel, in short, that you're alive! This is healthy.

What's so hard for us to understand is that there is never one right way to feel in any situation. The great spiritual traditions all teach us that happiness does not come from trying to imitate others' happiness, no matter how appealing it may look, but from allowing ourselves to feel, be, and accept ourselves fully, whatever we are experiencing, including pain. This is what leads to the greatest happiness.


Practice self-caring meditation. Much of the pain of depression comes from the harsh way we criticize ourselves. But we can learn and practice a different way. Try this meditation. Sit with your eyes closed and think of something about yourself that's hard to accept. Now, let come to your mind the image of someone you know who truly cares for you. Visualize or hear this person accepting and forgiving you for what you find hard to accept. Try this for five minutes a few times a week.

Practice pleasure. Yes, pleasure. Pleasure and joy are the enemies of depression. Even when we're depressed, there may be some little thing that truly pleases us — a piece of chocolate, a hot bath, a favorite piece of music, an old movie, a poem. Even a small amount of pleasure can perk us up and remind us that life can be OK.


Exercise, move, and do energy work. Aerobic exercise for 30 minutes four or five times a week, yoga, chi kung, and tai chi are all simple, safe, and effective antidepressants.

Take SAMe. A supplement derived from an amino acid that is a quick, natural antidepressant, Same is available in health food stores. Use only GNC, Naturemade, or Puritan's Pride brands because research has shown these to be the only brands with reliable efficacy. Start with one 200 mg. pill 30 minutes before breakfast. Do this for one week.

For Week No. 2, add another pill 30 minutes before lunch, and then each week add one more pill until you are taking six pills a day (three before breakfast, three before lunch). While you are taking SAMe, also take vitamin B12 and folic acid (folate), at least 1 mg (same as 1,000 Ug) of each daily.

For more information read the excellent book by psychiatrist Richard Brown: Stop Depression Now: Same: The Breakthrough Supplement that Works as Well as Prescription Drugs


Meditate to contact your deeper emotions. Since depression is often frozen grief or anger, if we can feel the warmth of the deeper feelings, we can sometimes begin to melt the ice of depression. Try this awareness meditation several times a week for 10 minutes. Sit with your eyes closed for five minutes and focus on your breathing.

Then silently ask yourself, "What else am I feeling?" See if, along with the depression, there is any hurt, sadness, or anger. If so, open up to it and let yourself feel it more deeply. See what happens. (For more information on meditation, visit the Insight Meditation Society.)

Bless someone. Sadly, it's often easier for us to be nice to someone else than to ourselves. But we can use this tendency to help heal our depression. The great teachers tell us that when we do even a small kindness for someone else, at that moment we ourselves receive a blessing — perhaps because we come into healing contact with our own capacity to care.

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In the end, remember that, painful as it is, depression can lead us to explore healing approaches that we might otherwise never have tried. As a result, we might not only ease our depression but also in the process grow into a — heaven forbid! — more happy and joyful person. Depression can be transformed from an unwelcome guest into a kind teacher and friend.

~By Kenneth Porter, M.D., a spiritually oriented
holistic psychiatrist in New York City
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A New Paradigm for Psychology,
Psychoanalysis, and Psychotherapy

In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in linking psychology and psychotherapy with spirituality. This book explores the literature on spirituality as an important dimension of psychology, and explains the relationship between psychological treatment and spiritual healing. The author examines ideas from religious traditions including Judeo-Christian, Hindu and Buddhist, and considers their implications for psychotherapy and personal growth. He discusses Jungian psychology, the later work of the psychoanalyst Bion — and how object relations theory connects with the theory of spirituality. He discusses his theoretical considerations in particular practice contexts including working with people who have compulsive disorders, are experiencing addiction, and patients in palliative care.

By Victor L. Schermer, Kenneth Porter

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Arawak "Spirit Eyes" at Big Spring National Park in Island Harbour, Anguilla.

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Anguilla (rhymes with "vanilla") used to tout itself as the Caribbean's best-kept secret. Now one of the region's most chic destinations, Anguilla has nonetheless remained tranquil and unaffected. If you're looking to rest, unwind, and be pampered without pomp or snobbery, this is the place for you. Sixteen miles long and three miles wide, Anguilla is an easy island to explore on your own. Lazy beach days rejuvenate your body and lift your spirit, or you can sample art gallery and museum tours, boating to an offshore cay for a secluded picnic, or a long stroll on an uncrowded beach. This lovely island, which Columbus named Anguilla (Italian for "eel"), is reliably sunny; it gets only 30 inches of rain a year, and there are as many rainbows (often double ones) as downpours. If you join the evening crowd sipping rum punch at beachside outdoor tables, you'll hear a lot of can-you-top-this Anguilla stories, like the one told by an English couple, Jack and Liz Panzetta. At the end of their first visit to Anguilla, Mr. Panzetta left his wallet in the cab on the way to the airport. "I thought it was gone forever, but when we got back to England, the phone rang." It was the manager of the couple's Anguilla hotel, telling them he had it. "I told him just to hold onto it," Mr. Panzetta said. "I knew we'd be back." That was in 1986, and the Panzettas have been back every year since.

Long before Anguilla was "settled" by the British (1652), or even "discovered" by Christopher Columbus (1493), the island was inhabited by Amerindians. Anguilla was first occupied by indigenous peoples as early as 1500 B.C. At least two of the sites identified thus far in Anguilla can be attributed to this era, referred to by archaeologists as the "Preceramic" or "Archaic" period. The rich and dynamic Amerindian history of the island is beginning to be reconstructed. Big Spring National Park in Island Harbour has a collapsed cave with a natural spring. The ancient Arawak Indians used this spring for water and decorated the walls of the cave with Spirit Eyes (photo above). This project is now open with a new walking path through the spring area and is located just off the main road in the village.

In almost every history book dealing with the Caribbean, one will come across a fanciful story that, in condensed form, reads something like this: "The Caribbean was first inhabited by the Arawak Indians, a peaceful people who were eventually wiped out by the fierce, warlike Carib Indians who practiced cannibalism." This myth was initiated by Columbus himself and, unfortunately, has continued to gain support ever since. Based on archaeological research and critical reviews of early Spanish documents, the real story likely was much different. First of all, there exists absolutely no archaeological evidence of cannibalism, and the ethnohistoric "evidence" first cited by the Spanish consisted not of first hand accounts of Caribs feasting on Arawaks, but simply reports of human bones in Amerindian houses. Based on other descriptions, we now know that these bones were likely those of ancestors which were preserved for worship, not the spoils of cannibal banquets. So who were the Anguillians of the Ceramic Age? Well, pottery styles, zemis, petroglyphs, and other characteristics of archaeological sites in Anguilla indicate that these sites are closely related to similar places in the Greater Antilles. By virtue of this relationship, and the self-designation of Greater Antillean people as "Taino" at the time of European contact, we can suggest that the people of Anguilla were probably Tainos as well.

Decades ahead of tourists discovering the beauty of Anguilla, folks were living and surviving in a place not always hospitable to its inhabitants. They used natural materials at first to craft small dwellings with a process called "Wattle and Daub," and then with the help of materials imported from other islands, crafted fine wood structures that were able to withstand the often harsh weather of Anguilla. "Wattle" in the Anguillian home was fashioned from local bushes such as White Cedar and Maidenberry, both of which create a long straight truck. The cut sticks were woven into a flat pattern that created a wall. "Daub" is a coral lime plaster substance mixed with sand and water, daubed on the wattle then smoothed flat for a waterproof finish. These delightful storybook homes dot Anguilla like tiny treasures of days gone by. They appear in out of the way places often behind newer homes or buried in vines off the beaten path.
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FUKUCHI, Fukuoka, Japan (AP) — Yone Minagawa, who was named the world's oldest person by the Guinness Book of World Records in January, died at a nursing home in Fukuoka Prefecture on August 13, 2007. According to her care taker, Yone was as sprightly as ever right up until her last day. Born on January 4, 1893 (the same year as Mao Zedong and Mae West), Yone was widowed at an early age. She raised her five children by selling flowers and vegetables in the coal mining town of Fukuchi (about 840 kilometers/520 miles southwest of Tokyo). Living through the reigns of four Japanese Emperors, Yone counted her healthy appetite and getting a good night's sleep as the secrets of her longevity. She lived alone in the Momochi apartment building in Nishijin Sawara Ward, Fukuoka, near Seinan Gakuin University, until 2005, when she moved to Keijuen, a special nursing home in her native Akaike. Yone usually spent her days at the home resting, but seldom missed a weekly recreational sing-along, staff at the home said earlier this year. She had a sweet tooth and was particularly fond of Japanese cakes filled with sweet bean paste. Yone enjoyed playing the shamisen and even at 114 she participated in club activities in a wheelchair and "danced" along to music.
Yone outlived all of her children except one daughter, and had seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. "She was the type of person who would always show such compassion for other people," said one of her grandchildren, Akitoshi Yasunaga.

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