"You Have It Within YOU"
"Cherish your visions and your dreams
as they are the children of your soul;
the blueprints of your ultimate achievements."
~Napoleon Hill, American Author & Teacher
Today's Tune (on/off):
"I Hope You Dance"
From the Inside Out...
Our Minds Are
Yes You Can!...
Bora Bora Blues
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Today's featured article
from our friend Rick at HeartInspired.com reminds
us that we CAN create a
joyous reality ... filled with peace, beauty, love and prosperity.
From the Inside Out
OUR MINDS ARE CREATIVE
we learn to think and speak in new patterns, wonderful new
possibilities open up. The human being, unlike any other creature on
this planet, has the gift of a creative mind. Having been created in
the IMAGE AND LIKENESS of our creator endows us with the with
creative ability; it is hereditary. We can and do create our own
life experience. However, the vast majority of us have not learned
to develop this natural talent into a skill. So, what is the
difference between talent and skill? Talent is a natural tendency or
ability towards doing something. Skill is the outcome of training
Raw talent is helpful: for instance, humans have a raw talent
for walking upright, and even that takes a little practice at first.
However, if we take the time to educate and train ourselves, and
then practice with it, walking upright can be transformed into a
creative and beautiful art form such as dance, gymnastics, track and
field, etc.; a deliberate and focused use off the natural talent,
Now let's apply this analogy to the idea if
how our reality gets created. We have a natural raw talent to create
our experience of life, in fact we are doing it all the time, but in
most cases it isn't deliberate and focused, therefore it gets
created in a way that is scattered and haphazard. Sort of like
wandering around aimlessly and hoping to turn up someplace
Well, everybody has to be someplace, so we do turn up, but
when we arrive, all too often we look around and say, "What's this?
This is not where I want to be." So we wander off once again, hoping
all the while that we'll get to someplace better ........ and the
cycle continues, and the world goes round and round and
Fortunately with each new departure and each new arrival we
learn, so the journeys are not without value. And then one blessed
day we have learned enough to imagine a better route. We ask our
selves, "What if I planned the trip, visualized the destination,
choose the sights and experiences along the way. Might I then learn
what I want to learn, see what I want to see and arrive at a the
place of peace, beauty, love and prosperity that I have been longing
Yes, this is the way we can purposefully create our life
experience: by making the choices that support our dreams and
progressing steadily and confidently in the direction of our dreams.
Remember, what happens "to" us and around us is not
important as how we respond, relate, and react to these
"You have your colors, you have your
paint paradise and walk right in."
What do you suppose Nikos was expressing in the
above statement? Here's how I interpret the metaphor: We all have a
rich color pallet in our minds, we call it imagination, and each of
us mix those colors in our own unique way. From these colors we
create our thoughts, ideas, dreams and visions.
But how do we color the outer world with our
imagination? With our brushes of course! Our brushes are our hands,
arms, legs, voice and body, the physical tools with which we can
paint our nonphysical imaginings onto the landscape of reality. What
a wonderful design!
We can use our beautiful brushes to:
paint, sculpt, dance, sing, work and play. Most importantly we can
take our colors and brushes and put them to work in the service of
humanity. We can, in fact, paint paradise for ourselves and others
and walk right in.
We all have been blessed with the ability to
take charge of your lives and be responsible for ourselves, in this
and each new moment; never again a victim.
Forgive, forget, and let go of the past. You
are the creative artist, enjoy your work, paint paradise in your
future, and walk right in!
PREVENT MEDICAL ERRORS
Make sure that all of your doctors know about every medicine
you are taking. This includes prescription and over-the-counter
medicines, and dietary supplements such as vitamins and herbs.
least once a year, bring all of your medicines and supplements with
you to your doctor. "Brown bagging" your medicines can help you and
your doctor talk about them and find out if there are any problems.
It can also help your doctor keep your records up to date, which can
help you get better quality care.
Ask for information about your medicines in terms
you can understand—
- What is the medicine for?
- How am I
supposed to take it, and for how long?
- What side
effects are likely?
- What do I do if they
- Is this medicine safe to take with other
medicines or dietary supplements I'm taking?
food, drink, or activities should I avoid while taking this
When you pick up your medicine from the pharmacy, ask—
Is this the medicine my doctor prescribed? If you have any questions
about the directions on your medicine labels, ask. Medicine labels
can be hard to understand. For example, ask if "four doses daily"
means taking a dose every 6 hours around the clock or just during
regular waking hours.
Ask for written information about the side effects your medicine
could cause. If you know what might happen, you will be better prepared
if it does — or, if something unexpected happens instead. That way,
you can report the problem right away and get help before it gets
you have a choice, choose a hospital at which many patients have had
the procedure you need. Research shows that patients tend to have
better results when they are treated in hospitals that have a great
deal of experience with their condition.
you are in a hospital, consider asking all health care workers who
have direct contact with you whether they have washed their hands.
Handwashing is an important way to prevent the spread of infections
in hospitals. A recent study found that when patients checked
whether health care workers washed their hands, the workers washed
their hands more often and used more soap.
When you are being discharged from the hospital, ask your doctor
to explain the treatment plan you will use at home. This includes
learning about your medicines and finding out when you can get back
to your regular activities. Research shows that at discharge time,
doctors think their patients understand more than they really do
about what they should or should not do when they return home.
you are having surgery, make sure that you, your doctor, and your
surgeon all agree and are clear on exactly what will be done.
Speak up if you have questions or concerns. You have a right
to question anyone who is involved with your care.
Make sure that someone, such as your personal doctor, is in
charge of your care. Make sure
that all health professionals involved in your care have important
health information about you. Do not assume that everyone knows
everything they need to.
Ask a family member or friend to be there with you and to be
your advocate (someone who can help get things done and speak up for
you if you can't). Even if you think you don't need help now, you
might need it later.
Know that "more" is not always better. It is a good idea to
find out why a test or treatment is needed and how it can help you.
You could be better off without it. If
you have a test, don't assume that no news is good news. Ask about
Learn about your condition and treatments by asking your doctor
and nurse and by using other reliable sources. Treatment recommendations
based on the latest scientific evidence are available at National
Guidelines Clearinghouse www.Guideline.gov
|Far Horizons |
BORA BORA BLUES
Bora Bora lies 150 miles northwest of Tahiti
in the Leeward Society Islands. Their main island sits in the center
of the world's most famous lagoon in a dozen shades of blue, surrounded
by offshore motu islets inside a protective coral necklace. There
is only one navigable pass, facing the principal village of Vaitape.
An 18-mile road circles the island, passing through colorful villages,
archaeological sites, old Army bunkers and cannons left over from
World War II. Guests reach the palm-studded atoll by boat. No roads
or cars cross the islet, where you can stroll the same paths that
Polynesians have walked since the ninth century and gaze out at
the distant islands of Raiatea and Tahaa.
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SHOPPING FRAGRANCES WISELY
Once distilled simply from flower essences,
perfumes today are complex mixtures of natural — botanical- or
animal-derived — materials and synthetic chemicals. More than 5,000
different fragrances are used in perfumes and skin products, in
hundreds of chemical combinations, according to the American Academy
of Dermatology. But because the chemical formulas of fragrances are
considered trade secrets, companies aren’t required to list their
ingredients but merely label them as containing “fragrance.” The
rising tide of fragrances in myriad products, from skin lotions to
tissues to cleaning products to candles, is also adding to the
problem. Additionally, about 95 percent of perfume
ingredients are not composed of flower essences or natural products
as people generally imagine, but synthesized from petrochemicals,
which give off volatile organic compounds, vapors emitted from
compounds like solvents, wood preservatives, paint strippers and dry
Perfumes can trigger asthma attacks and migraines, according
to the American Medical Association. Fragrances are also a growing
issue for people sensitized to other environmental chemicals. “I’m
seeing more and more environmentally sensitized people,” says Dr.
Morton Teich, an allergist who has practiced in New York City for
more than 30 years. “I suspect that’s because our environment and
our food is more polluted, and our immune and endocrine systems are
simply overloaded.” Here are tips for people sensitive to fragrances
or who don't want to offend co-workers or others—
1. Switching to products with natural-based
ingredients and less synthetic
2. Check out "The Safe Shopper's Bible: A
consumer's guide to nontoxic
cosmetics and food," by Dr. Samuel Epstein.
3. Try soaps and lotions made of pure
materials, such as oatmeal bars and
sprays. Recommendations: Dr. Bronner's super mild Castille
and unscented baby and bar soaps, Clinique's unscented soaps
and Aveda soaps.
4. Finally, buyer beware: Cosmetics labeled
"hypoallergenic," according to
the FDA, offer no
guarantee that they won't cause reactions in sensitive
individuals. "Hypoallergenic" means only that the
manufacturer feels that
the product is less likely to
cause an allergic reaction.
~Francesca Lyman Read
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Laughing It Off
"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then
when I die
I want to go where they went." - Will
"Dogs love their friends and bite their
enemies, quite unlike
people, who are incapable of pure love and
to mix love and hate." - Sigmund Freud
"The reason a dog has so many friends is that he
his tail instead of his tongue." - Anonymous
"Dogs need to sniff the ground; it's how they keep
current events. The ground is a giant dog newspaper,
all kinds of late-breaking dog news items, which, if
especially urgent, are often continued in
yard." - Dave Barry
"Anybody who doesn't know what soap
never washed a dog." - Franklin P. Jones
"If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough
"A dog teaches a boy fidelity,
perseverance, and to turn
around 3 times before lying down."
- Robert Benchley
"No animal should ever jump up on the
dining room furniture
unless absolutely certain that he can hold
own in the conversation." - Fran Lebowitz
wonder if other dogs think poodles are members
of some really
weird cult." - Rita Rudner
"My dog is worried about
the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00
a can. That's almost
$21.00 in dog money." - Joe Weinstein
accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence
that you are
wonderful." - Ann Landers
"Ever consider what
they must think of us? I mean, here we come
back from a grocery
store with the most amazing haul —
chicken, pork, half a cow.
They must think we're
the greatest hunters on earth!" -Anne
"There is no psychiatrist in the world like
puppy licking your face." - Ben Williams
have any beliefs about immortality, it is that
certain dogs I
have known will go to heaven,
and very, very few persons." -
"Women and cats will do as they
and men and dogs should relax and get
used to the
idea." - Robert A. Heinlein
~Contributed (twice) by:
Phyllis Montoya & Gabrielle Wagner
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Scientists say the glaciers on Mt
known as the "Roof of Africa," and romanticized by Ernest Hemingway,
are melting so fast they will be gone in less than two decades.
Unlike the tourist brochures that picture the top half of the 19,260-foot
dead volcano covered in snow, most of the mountain is a mix of forest,
moorland, volcanic ash, rocky scree and boulders. Tanzania's Kilimanjaro
attracts some 20,000 trekkers every year. Researchers say that the
glaciers on the top of Kilimanjaro measured 6 sq km in 1912, but
had shrunk to just two by 2000. ~REUTERS
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RECEIVING THE GIFTS
Communicating on a give and take basis is the very
heart of being able to heal others, as well as ourselves. At times
we can become so addicted to telling our story — in all its many
facets — that we do not allow an opportunity for RECEIVING ...
a receptivity that goes beyond the chronicling of data and storing
The constant, outward projection of energy surrounds us with a
shield of security;
a shield which shuts out those who would like to experience us
in a Real way. With closed, protected hearts, we do not let others
engage our Beingness. Relinquishing control and opening up to
receive the gifts of the Universe has the power to inspire a whole
new vista for transformation and inner peace.
When we lock ourselves behind a "mind wall," we deprive the planet
of the clarity and love that spring from our Essence. Listening
with our heart and speaking through our heart bring freedom from
self-imprisonment. We all have a wealth of healing to offer and
much of it can be shared simply by BEING who we are ... not by
doing, teaching, testifying, counseling or proselytizing.
Everyone we relate with needs space for their own inner responses
and awarenesses to be evoked. Words tend to get in the way of
this process. There's a marvelous old saying from India that sums
up these ideas: "Who you ARE speaks louder than anything
you can say."
One-dimensional encounters are very limiting to our upward evolutionary
spiral. Behind the fortress of words is the Glorious Being in
each of us. When our Essence is fully present, energetic exchanges
can flow between all of us in a circular pattern ... the Giving
AND Receiving. Following is a poem I wrote called "Sovereignty"
that reflects on this subject:
Empower by intention, find joy in every
The journey then, starts to flow and work turns into play;
Our path in life takes courage and faith in vast degree,
Its mystery escapes us, 'till eyes learn how to "see."
In "seeing" we find purpose, the reason why we're here,
When ego is relinquished, our Vision becomes clear;
Let go of all attachment, leap from every cliff,
Into the arms of Spirit ... receive the Divine Gift.
The gift we ARE exists within, buried deep in fear,
Knowingness will set it free ... release the need to "steer";
Embrace the Self in Sovereignty, love can then expand,
Unbridled from emotions, there's Clarity of stand.
Emotions with their hooks out keep Clarity at bay;
Identity, linked and lost, lies hidden far away;
Choice can vanquish all the pain, perspective is the key,
Step up from the "small story" and choose to truly BE.
Small story spawns illusion, enmeshment in the past,
With embodiment of Essence, shadows can't be cast;
Big Story reveals mission, alignment broadcasts Truth;
Light breaks through to who we are and what we came to
Chelle Thompson ~
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