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"The personal life deeply lived always
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Anais Nin, French Author & Diarist (1903-1977)
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From the Inside Out...
"The Void of
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What a Site!
BE the World
You Want to See!
In 1991 while writing a novel called "Messiah,"
I found words 'appearing' on my word processor screen that
I'd never consciously considered ... some of them are reconfirmed
in this article by Mr. Benedict.
From the Inside Out
Benedict is an artist who survived a near-death experience in 1982.
He was dead for over an hour and a half and during that time, he
"rose up out of his body and went into the Light." Curious
about the universe, he was taken far into the remote depths of existence,
and even beyond, into the energetic "Void of Nothingness"
behind the Big Bang. Dr.
Kenneth Ring has said, "His story is one of the most remarkable
I have encountered in my extensive research on near-death experiences."
ROAD TO DEATH: In 1982 I died from terminal cancer. My condition
was non-operable. I chose not to have chemotherapy. I was given
six to eight months to live. Before this time, I had become increasingly
despondent over the nuclear crisis, the ecology crisis, and so forth.
I came to believe that nature had made a mistake that we
were probably a cancerous organism on the planet. And that is what
eventually killed me. Before my death, I tried all sorts of alternative
healing methods. None helped... Neither
was I into any kind of spirituality, but my approaching death sent
me on a quest for more information about spirituality and alternative
healing. I read various religions and philosophies. They gave hope
that there was something on the other side.
had no medical insurance, so my life savings went overnight on tests.
Unwilling to drag my family into this, I determined to handle this
myself. I ended up in hospice care and was blessed with an angel
for my hospice caretaker, whom I will call "Anne." She
stayed with me through all that was to follow. It lasted about eighteen
woke up about 4:30 am and I knew that this was it. I was going to
die. I called a few friends and said good-bye. I woke up Anne and
made her promise that my dead body would remain undisturbed for
six hours, since I had read that all kinds of interesting things
happen when you die. I went back to sleep. The next thing I remember,
I was fully aware and standing up. Yet my body was lying in the
bed. I seemed to be surrounded by darkness, yet I could see every
room in the house, and the roof, and even under the house.
Light shone; I turned toward it, and was aware of its similarity
to what others have described in near-death experiences. It was
magnificent and tangible, alluring. I wanted to go towards that
Light like I might want to go into my ideal mother's or father's
arms. As I moved towards the Light, I knew that if I went into the
Light, I would be dead. So I said/felt, "Please wait. I would
like to talk to you before I go." The
entire experience halted. I discovered that I was in control of
the entire experience...
information transmitted was that our beliefs shape the kind of feedback
we receive: If you are a Buddhist or Catholic or Fundamentalist,
you get a feedback loop of your own images. I became aware of a
Higher Self matrix, a conduit to the Source. We all have a Higher
Self, or an oversoul part of our being, a conduit. All Higher Selves
are connected as one being, all humans are connected as one being.
We are literally the same being. It was the most beautiful thing
I have ever seen. It was like all the love you've every wanted,
and it was the kind of love that cures, heals, regenerates.
was ready to go at that time. I said "I am ready, take me."
Then the Light turned into the most beautiful thing that I have
ever seen: a mandala of human souls on this planet. I saw that we
are the most beautiful creations elegant, exotic . . .
everything. I just cannot say enough about how it changed my opinion
of human beings in an instant...
VOID OF NOTHINGNESS: Suddenly I seemed to be rocketing away from
the planet on this stream of Life. I saw the earth fly away. The
solar system, whizzed by and disappeared. I flew through the center
of the galaxy, absorbing more knowledge as I went. I learned that
this galaxy, and all of the Universe, is bursting with many different
varieties of life. I saw many worlds. We are not alone in this Universe.
seemed as if all the creations in the Universe soared past me and
vanished in a speck of Light. Almost immediately, a second Light
appeared. As I passed into the second Light, I could perceive forever,
beyond Infinity. I was in the Void, pre-Creation, the beginning
of time, the first Word or vibration. I rested in the Eye of Creation
and it seemed that I touched the Face of God. It was not a religious
feeling. I was simply at One with Absolute Life and Consciousness.
unusual story is offered as an alternative perspective,
which indeed requires a very open mind. Should you want
to read the article in full, please click: www.NearDeath.com
Contributed by Hospice Nurse, Denys Cope, RN, BSN
"This is an amazing account that confirms, for me, much of
what I know
and have intuited about life and death, and then goes beyond."
Here to Contact Denys or to Read "Lessons for the Living"
EAT BROCCOLI, FIGHT CANCER
no secret that men who eat lots of vegetables seem more likely to
avoid prostate cancer, but researchers now think a chemical in broccoli
and cauliflower could help doctors treat the disease, too.
one has tested the chemical on humans yet, however, and it may take
years to turn it into a usable drug. "It's interesting early
work, but it's a long way from something going on in a test tube
to exactly what goes on in humans," says Dr. Durado Brooks,
director of prostate and colorectal cancers for the American Cancer
cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men in the United
States and kills about 30,000 each year, according to the National
Prostate Cancer Coalition. A number of treatments are available,
but side effects commonly include incontinence and impotence.
cancer rates are lower in countries where people eat plenty of fruits
and vegetables, although the exact link between diet and the disease
isn't clear, Brooks says.
at the University of California at Berkeley decided to investigate
the cancer-fighting effects of chemicals in cruciferous vegetables
such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts and cabbage.
realized that what was missing was a comprehensive study of how
these natural compounds affect the growth and function of reproductive
cancer cells," says study co-author Gary Firestone, a professor
of molecular and cell biology at the University of California at
researchers found that a chemical known as 3,3'-diindolylmethane
(DIM), a byproduct of eating cruciferous vegetables, appeared to
prevent the growth of breast cancer cells. They next turned to prostate
researchers found that prostate cancer cells treated with DIM grew
70 percent slower than untreated cells.
chemical appears to prevent cancer cells from receiving signals
from the hormone testosterone, Firestone says. That, in turn, prevents
the cells from growing.
contrast, traditional hormone therapy for prostate cancer patients
is designed to prevent testosterone from getting to the cells in
the first place. "You cut off the signal that makes the prostate
cancer cells grow," Firestone says.
possible that the chemical could be used in combination with hormone
therapy, Firestone says, letting doctors dampen the side effects
of lowering testosterone levels.
drugs from the vegetables may be easy and inexpensive, he adds:
"There's a lot of broccoli and cabbage, and you should be able
to obtain a lot of this chemical at a very cheap price."
Brooks says hormone treatment is much less common than other prostate
cancer treatments. Surgery and radiation are the usual treatments.
into chemicals derived from vegetables may be more important in
terms of prevention, says Satya Narayan, an associate professor
of anatomy and cell biology at the University of Florida. "These
compounds may be of greater importance for prostate cancer prevention
at the early stages of the prostate cancer development, instead
of at the later stages when the cancer is advanced." But
it's still not clear how many vegetables men would need to eat to
protect themselves from getting prostate cancer in the first place.
about this disease by visiting the
Prostate Cancer Coalition or National
THE BLUE GROTTO
Saipan, Marianas Islands
the 30,000 foot depths of the Mariana Trench, 14 islands emerged
from the Pacific Ocean, and today form the U.S. Commonwealth of
the Northern Mariana Islands. The northern islands are sparsely
populated and some have active volcanoes. Saipan, the largest island
in the group, has gentle beaches on its western and southern coasts,
a rugged and rocky eastern coast, a hilly interior and dramatic
cliffs on the northern coast. The environment is great for learning
to windsurf, sail, or kayak since the warm turquoise water is shallow
for up to a mile from the beach. At the famous Blue Grotto, SCUBA
divers can swim through a tunnel from the sea and come out in a
sunken, natural inland pool.
"Soul Talk Stories"
Creating a genuine circle of love in those who read and/or submit
stories that come from the heart and soul. Please enjoy and dare
to share what you ache for, and what sustains you from the inside
when all else falls away. Love the Miracle You Are.
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COLD WEATHER CARE FOR DOGS (Part
approach to winterizing dogs is to protect their feet with dog boots
or socks. More and more dogs are wearing them. You may laugh, but
it makes a lot of sense. If you plan on going this route, I would
suggest you purchase them now to let your dog get used to them.
My dogs adjusted in a fairly short time because I was consistent
in putting them on. Make sure that whatever you purchase is easy
to put on. Dogs dont like to stand still for a long time while
you attach strange things to their feet.
addition to boots, Im all for coats, blankets, and sweaters
for dogs. I think they are suitable for small dogs, single-coated
dogs, older dogs, and house dogs. But wait for the really cool weather.
If you are walking consistently, your dog will build up a heavier
fur coat and this will help. Common sense will tell you when to
start using a coat.
Purchase one locally so that you can try it on your dog. If youre
handy with a sewing machine, you can make one yourself. I took an
old blanket coat for one of my dogs and used it as a pattern for
one of my other dogs.
Fido on a Leash
Many dogs get lost during snowy conditions. To keep your pup safe,
have him on a leash at all times, or within eye distance if you
are absolutely sure that your dog will reliably come on command.
Let Your Dog Skate on Thin Ice
Never allow your dog on a frozen lake, even at the edge. It isn't
worth the danger that your pup may fall through a thin patch of
Clean Water and Snacks
Even though many dogs like to eat the fluffy white stuff, snow will
not provide the hydration your dog needs. If you will be out walking,
hiking or exercising with your dog for an extended length of time,
you must bring fresh water for your canine companion. It is also
a good idea to bring a healthy snack of dry dog food. You can find
collapsible doggie bowls at most pet stores, as well as meal kits
and even doggie snack backpacks.
Up Killer Antifreeze
If you ever spill antifreeze, it must be thoroughly cleaned up immediately.
This chemical concoction tastes sweet to animals, including dogs
and cats, who will lap up any spills. Unfortunately, antifreeze
is deadly and kills quickly. An animal must be seen by a vet almost
immediately after ingesting the substance for it to have any chance
of survival. Please be very careful and conscientious when using
your Dog Inside
If the weather outside is frightful, don't leave poor Fido shivering
in the cold. Even if he is an "outside dog", there are
conditions where it is cruel (and illegal) to leave a dog outside.
and T.E.Ellis, DogsAbout.com
the 'truth' about chickens?
Laughing It Off
forgetter's getting better,
But my rememberer is broke
To you that may seem funny
But, to me, that is no joke
when I'm "here" I'm wondering
If I really should be "there"
And, when I try to think it through,
I haven't got a prayer!
times I walk into a room,
Say "what am I here for?"
I wrack my brain, but all in vain!
A zero, is my score.
times I put something away
Where it is safe, but, Gee!
The person it is safest from
Is, generally, me!
shopping I may see someone,
Say "Hi" and have a chat,
Then, when the person walks away
I ask myself, "who was that?"
my forgetter's getting better
While my rememberer is broke,
And it's driving me plumb crazy
And that isn't any joke.
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Mars shines brightly over ...
Corona del Mar State Beach in Newport Beach, California, this past
summer when Mars and Earth made their closest encounter in 60,000
years, a mere 34.6 million miles away. Mars' orange tint, sometimes
seen as red, is created by a global coating of iron oxide, commonly
called rust. At the close approach, the Red Planet was brighter
than Jupiter and all the stars in the night sky, outshone only by
Venus and the Moon. ~MSNBC
Joyful Lifestyles: Weekly Insights
TAKING A CLOSER LOOK (Part
week we had ten challenging questions about areas that might need
changing in our personal relationships. It takes a lot of courage
and character to objectively study unflattering behaviors in ourselves
and to recognize that change BEGINS with us.
though, that change is a process rather than an instantaneous
event; as Portia
Nelsons simple, yet powerful, Autobiography
in 5 Short Chapters (also known as: "There's a Hole
in My Sidewalk") so beautifully illustrates:
I walk down the street.
There's a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in.
I am lost.....I am helpless; it isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe I am in the same place; but it isn't my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still
fall in....it's a habit.
My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault.
I get out immediately.
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.
I walk down another street.
a Hole in My Sidewalk" has been praised by therapists and
legions of fans from every walk of life. It is used in numerous
12-step substance-abuse programs, and has been quoted in such
diverse books as "The Tibetan Book of the Living and Dying."
Chelle Thompson ~
Tibetan Book of Living and Dying:
The Spiritual Classic & International
Revised and Updated Edition
Sogyal Rinpoche, et al
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