January 25th, 2015
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This week we focus on communication which is highly appropriate since Mercury, the planet of communication, is in retrograde. (Read Sarah Varcas' article for more specifics in how to use the energies of this time to your benefit.) Our focus is not only on communicating with others but also getting in touch (and communicating) with our own self and the reality around us.
Oliver Clerc (The Five Agreements Game author) expands on the second agreement: "Don't Take Anything Personally but Learn to Listen" while Heather Ash Amera shares "Mastering The Art of Learning To Communicate Effectively & Consciously"
We feature a total of seven articles below (plus the weekly astrological journal). For additional reading material on various topics (a total of 33 new articles this week), click over to the home page of InnerSelf and see numerous articles (and videos) for your reading (and viewing) pleasure. Or use the links below for each of our sections to zero in on the subject matter that most interests you.
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Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, and loving week.
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EDITOR'S CHOICE ARTICLES
Written by Susan L. Westbrook, PhD.
The concept of surrender is often confused with submission. No matter how you define it, or under what conditions, surrender is a willful, not a passive act. The element of choice in surrender is an important consideration when we are discussing its expression in our lives.
Written by Olivier Clerc.
Imagine for a moment all the things you say or don’t say, and all the things you do or don’t do in one day because of what others might say about you. If you wrote out a list, it might take a long time. Do you realize how much power you give to other people’s opinions? What if you could recover that power?
Written by Ray Dodd.
Every word in every language is nothing more than an agreement. If I say, “I adore my cat,” you understand what I have said only because we agree on the meaning of the sounds. What we may not agree on is the emotional charge of certain words.
Written by Frank DeMarco.
The subconscious is powerful but—by definition—not conscious. It has its routines, and it continues with them until something calls forth other reactions. That “something” can be an emergency of some sort, but it can also be us.
Written by HeatherAsh Amara.
I don’t believe we ever “master” the art of learning to communicate effectively. But we do get more skilled at witnessing ourselves and making new choices. One note of caution: Speaking your truth does not mean you always say everything you are thinking...
Written by Gregg Levoy.
My favorite fairy tale as a child was Cinderella, so when I met Charlie and fell in love with him, I thought my prince had come. But these kinds of fantasies are a setup for expectations that are impossible to fulfill, and when they don’t get fulfilled...
Written by Sarah Varcas.
There is nowhere to hide as Mercury journeys retrograde in the coming weeks. Deceptions large and small will be revealed whether we like it or not, not to destroy those who perpetuate them (which we all do to some extent) but to provide a wake-up call...
This weekly column (updated every Sunday afternoon) is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies... Read more
It is also highly beneficial to reread the past week's astrological journal as it gives a 20/20 view of the events that took place and may provide many "ah-ha" insights.
We are adding numerous articles to the website each week (33 new articles this week, plus videos). Rather than list them all here, you can visit each section according to your interests. Each section listed below is designed as its own "mini-website".
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The "Personal Development" area covers Attitude Adjustments (which includes Fear, Anger, Gratitude, Forgiveness), Intuition & Awareness, Relationships & Parenting, Spirituality & Mindfulness (included Meditation), and Happiness & Success.
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"Social & Political" covers topics that affect us personally yet deal with a more "societal" or "political" sphere. This area covers Environment & Climate, Democracy, Justice, Inequality, Economy, and more. These topics affect us on a personal and planetary level and are thus very relevant for our communal journey on Planet Earth.
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