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"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 (1883-1970)

February 3, 2003

Today's Tune (on/off):

"I Hope You Dance"

IN THIS
WEEK'S ISSUE:

From the Inside Out...
Our Minds Are Creative


Yes You Can!...
Prevent Medical Errors


Far Horizons...
Bora Bora Blues

Links That Shine...
Association of Happiness


Fascinating Facts...
Shopping Fragrances
Wisely


Laughing It Off...
Hurray for Dogs!


Untangling the Web
...
What a Site!
Computer Ease


Look at That!...
Melting Mountain


Joyful Lifestyles...
Receiving the Gifts



Uplifting World

BE the World
You Want to See!

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.

~ Chelle ~


From the Inside OutEthereal Creativity
OUR MINDS ARE CREATIVE

As 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 and practice.

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, walking upright.

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 worthwhile.

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 round.

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 for?"

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
nearly so important as how we respond, relate, and react to these events.

"You have your colors, you have your brushes,
paint paradise and walk right in."

-Nikos Kazantzakis

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!

~Rick Nichols
www.HeartInspired.com

Sun Wave Yes You Can!
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.

At 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 occur?
- Is this medicine safe to take with other medicines or dietary supplements I'm taking?
- What food, drink, or activities should I avoid while taking this medicine?

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 worse.

If 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.

If 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.

If 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 the results.

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

~MSNBCNews.com

Far Horizons
BORA BORA BLUES

Bora Bora
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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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Fascinating FactsPerfumes
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 cleaned clothing.

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
additives may help.

2. Check out "The Safe Shopper's Bible: A consumer's guide to nontoxic
household products, cosmetics and food," by Dr. Samuel Epstein.

3. Try soaps and lotions made of pure materials, such as oatmeal bars and
alcohol-free hair 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 More at MSNBCNews.com


Cone Sharing

Laughing It Off
HURRAY FOR DOGS!

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die
I want to go where they went.
" - Will Rogers

"Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike
people, who are incapable of pure love and always have
to mix love and hate." - Sigmund Freud

"The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags
his tail instead of his tongue."
- Anonymous


"Dogs need to sniff the ground; it's how they keep abreast of
current events. The ground is a giant dog newspaper, containing
all kinds of late-breaking dog news items, which, if they are
especially urgent, are often continued in
the next yard." - Dave Barry

"Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like
never washed a dog."
- Franklin P. Jones

"If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise."
- Unknown

"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 his
own in the conversation." - Fran Lebowitz

"I 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

"Don't 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 Tyler

"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a
puppy licking your face."
- Ben Williams


"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that
certain dogs I have known will go to heaven,
and very, very few persons." - James Thurber

"Women and cats will do as they please,
and men and dogs should relax and get
used to the idea."
- Robert A. Heinlein

~Contributed (twice) by:
Phyllis Montoya & Gabrielle Wagner
Humor Archives


Untangling the Web

Penguin Programmer

WHAT A SITE!

At the HP Learning Center ...
you can find courses such as Wireless Networking
Solutions, Adobe Photoshop 6 Basics, Advanced
MS Word for Windows, and How to Build Your
First Web Site. The tutorials are free, easy to
follow, and experienced instructors are available
to help 24/7. Classes change monthly, so
you will always find something new at:

www.HPLearningCenter.com

COMPUTER-EASE

Name & Password MSN Explorer:
When you access a site that requires a user name and password, you can type the whole thing into the Address box. Suppose you want to access www.mysite.com using a name and password. Just enter http://username:
password@www.mysite.com
and press Enter. If you need to access the same site frequently, you can simply save the address as a URL and place it in the Links bar for easy access.


Look at THAT!

MELTING MOUNTAIN

Kilimanjaro 
Photo: J. Arnold /REUTERS
To See More Click:
Crown of Africa

Scientists say the glaciers on Mt Kilimanjaro,
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


Joy
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights

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 of information.

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 day,
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 do.

~ Chelle Thompson ~

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