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Angel accounts are frequently about unpredictable encounters
that have personal significance in the lives of otherwise average
Most accounts involve some wonderful or mysterious being who appeared
most needed and who was usually only recognized as an Angel in
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October 29, 2007
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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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IN AN INFERNO
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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?
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."
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."
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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, www.JoanWAnderson.com
Stories & More*
True Stories of Answered Prayers
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 fascinatingand goose-bump
producinginvolve 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.
Joan Wester Anderson
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF 'KNOVEMBER'
In the ancient Roman calendar, November was which
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THE POWER OF LOVE
Do We Use Fear?
what happens when fear meets love?
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.
by Florencia who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina)
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Yes You Can!
HEAL THE HOLIDAY
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.
these holistic approaches to turning depression from
an unwanted intruder into a welcome friend:
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.
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?"
is where the problem actually starts. Loneliness, hurt, anger,
and sadness are normal human feelings and they are
not the same as 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
more information read the excellent book by psychiatrist Richard
Depression Now: Same: The Breakthrough Supplement that Works
as Well as Prescription Drugs
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.
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
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.
"GIFTS THAT MATTER" (Below) to
discover some extremely easy ideas for getting OUTSIDE OF
OURSELVES and making a difference in lives around the world.
We even can improve the circumstances of other people
while still giving unique and lovely goodies to our friends
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
Reprinted from BeliefNet.com
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.
Victor L. Schermer, Kenneth Porter
Arawak "Spirit Eyes" at Big Spring National Park in
Island Harbour, Anguilla.
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
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.
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.
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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Untangling the Web
WHAT A SITE!
to Enhance Your Life & Enrich Your Spirit
Give Your Brain A Workout
You eat right and get regular physical exercise. But what
about your mind? One of the best ways to stay young is
to challenge your mind. Puzzles, riddles and games will
provide the challenges you need to keep your mind fit.
At todays site, you'll find a variety of challenging
games, word puzzles and logic brain teasers. You can play
most of them on your computer and youll need the
free Flash Player for that. Others are paper and pencil
games; youll need to print them out to play. A new
Crossword puzzle, Universal Jigsaw puzzle, Rootonym puzzle,
and Interactive Trivia game appear every day (updated
daily at 1:00 am EST). You can also play the previous
two weeks' worth of puzzles by looking for the Select
Other Puzzles menu in the left-hand column of any puzzle
page. So, have fun keeping your mind fit!.
(Contributed by Rosemarie who lives in Beaver Falls,
COMPUTER TIPS & 'TOONS
Technical Skills, Cyber-cartoon & Security
an XP Printer
Have you recently bought a new printer for your computer?
Are you having trouble installing it? Does your computer
use Windows XP? If you answered yes to all of those questions,
here's something you're really going to love! ...
IE 7 RELEASED AGAIN? It seems
as if Microsoft has found some things in IE 7 that they
are not satisfied with. First of all, the new IE 7 will
no longer require Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA)
validation and it will now be available to all Windows
XP users with better downloading. The re-release will
also show the menu bar (the File, Edit, View, etc. menus),
which definitely comes in handy. This new IE 7 has an
updated online tour, so you will be getting the full treatment
in learning how to use it. If you'd like to give this
new version a try, you can download it
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Uplifting News Stories
LOVING LIFE TO THE LAST BREATH
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.
WORLD'S OLDEST PERSON:
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