InnerSelf Newsletter: August 2nd, 2015

InnerSelf Newsletter

InnerSelf Newsletter: August 2nd, 2015

August 2nd, 2015

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Life is precious and sometimes in the craziness of our daily life we may forget that and neglect to appreciate all the blessings that surround us... yet they are there in every magical instance, in every sunrise and sunset, in every plant that grows, in every smile that we share, and in the sometimes minute actions that we take. Sarah Varcas reflects on the upcoming month of August in Small Acts Carry Great Power and Profound Influence.

Regina Cates writes about her magical experience of Appreciating The Connection to a Hummingbird and All Life. Barry Vissell recounts an experience that goes Against All Odds … Hanging on to Hope. Alan Cohen reminds us to Get Off Your Cross and to let go of martyrdom and victimhood. Neale Donald Walsch sheds light on the belief that Sometimes God Doesn't Answer Our Prayers. Joyce Vissell recounts the miracle she experienced in The Infinite Blessing of The Hand Upon My Head. And if you've ever wondered if women were more intuitive than men, you can find out all about it in Do Women Have More Acute Physical Senses than Men?

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Marie T. Russell
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Appreciating The Connection to a Hummingbird and All Life

Written by Regina Cates.

Appreciating Our Connection to All LifeHolding the hummingbird was a gift. It was an awesome privilege to be given thirty unforgettable minutes when time stood still and I held the most exquisite creature in my hands, felt its warmth, and marveled at its magnificence.

Read article here: Appreciating The Connection to a Hummingbird and All Life

August 2015: Small Acts Carry Great Power and Profound Influence

Written by Sarah Varcas.

August 2015: Small Acts and Tiny Steps Carry Great Power and Profound Influence‘Gently does it’ is probably the best advice for the coming month, not to be confused with ‘don’t do anything’, which is most definitely not! There’s much to be done throughout August, as we initiate action on some of our recent plans, remedying a lack of earth energy since mid May. August may begin to feel like something of a ‘back down to earth with a bump’ month!

Read article here: Small Acts Carry Great Power and Profound Influence

Against All Odds … Hanging on to Hope

Written by Barry Vissell.

Against All Odds … Hanging on to HopeIn the 2000 movie, Where the Heart Is, seventeen year old Novalee Nation (played by Natalie Portman), while crossing the country in search of a new life, is abandoned by her loser boyfriend at a small town Walmart store. Last week, Joyce and I witnessed an eerily similar story...

Read article here: Against All Odds … Hanging on to Hope

Get Off Your Cross, Somebody Needs the Wood

Written by Alan Cohen.

Get Off Your Cross, Somebody Needs the WoodCould it finally be time in the evolution of humanity to revisit our belief in the value of suffering? Many religions and belief systems accept suffering as an inescapable reality, and even glorify it. Christians stoically sing of bearing the old rugged cross. Hindus justify poverty and disease as the paying off of karma...

Read article here: Get Off Your Cross, Somebody Needs the Wood

A Misunderstanding: Sometimes God Doesn't Answer Our Prayers

Written by Neale Donald Walsch.

A Misunderstanding about God: Sometimes God Answers Our PrayersMuch of the world believes in a God who hears our prayers and sometimes gives us what we ask for and sometimes does not. Why do hoped-for events or conditions manifest in our lives if it’s not God’s “mood” that determines whether our wishes are granted? How do miracles happen? What makes dreams come true? And what is at cause when they do not?

Read article here: A Misunderstanding: Sometimes God Doesn't Answer Our Prayers

Do Women Have More Acute Physical Senses than Men?

Written by Nancy du Tertre.

Do Women Have More Acute Physical Senses than Men?Women have far greater sensory capacities than men, as a whole, and much of this may be due to the fact that sex hormones often enhance sensory ability.

Read article here: Do Women Have More Acute Physical Senses than Men?

The Infinite Blessing of The Hand Upon My Head

Written by Joyce Vissell.

The Infinite Blessing of The Hand Upon My HeadOne of my favorite things to do is to imagine a divine hand upon my head blessing me in my life and letting me know that I am cared for and loved and that everything will work out alright. I do this especially when I feel insecure or stressed.

Read article here: The Infinite Blessing of The Hand Upon My Head

Astrological Journal for the Week

Pam YounghansWritten by Pam Younghans

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 hindsight view of the events that took place and may provide many "ah-ha" insights.


* How To Cure Ourselves Of Climate Guilt

* What’s The Point Of Education If Google Can Tell Us Anything?

* The Disney Movie Inside Out And The Democracy Of The Modern Mind

* Just What Actually Does Lead To Success In School?

* Why Flooding Along The US Coastline Has Worsened

* Does GMO Labeling Actually Scare Away Consumers?

* Is Public Health Suffering From A Lack Of Trust?

* Autism Costs In US Could Reach $1 Trillion By 2025

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