InnerSelf Newsletter: July 3rd, 2016

InnerSelf Newsletter: July 3rd, 2016

Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

From what I've heard, and experienced, this past week was a challenging one for many people. It was even referred to as "the week from hell" (oh, wait, that was me saying that). Yes, well it was, or at least it seemed to be! And I don't get many of those, but this one took the cake.

Problems with the freezer, the water system in the house, the dishwasher, the car tires, the car's tie-rod (I didn't even know there was such a thing)... oh, was that all??? That doesn't seem that bad! I must be forgetting something because it seems like there was more. Oh, yeah the error in shipping where it seemed (for a few days) like it had cost $331 to ship a $20 book to Russia (luckily that was a typo, and it was only $31.) But you get my gist, it was a week of challenges. And you may have your own stories you could relate.

These situations are the times where you discover that Being At Your Best When Things Are At Their Worst is a useful trait. It's also when it might be useful to ask yourself What's Your Default Energy and How Is It Affecting Your Life?  

Yes, we all have a default energy that we fall back on when things are going "wrong", or just not going our way. For some it's anger, others impatience, despair, avoidance (a.k.a. burying your head in the sand), etc.. And it's that energy which is the most challenging when things are not going well. Whether we're repeating old behaviors or reactions, or repeating thoughts in our head, we may be in default mode.

A friend was mentioning today that she was having a sinus attack. Perhaps the visualization that I suggested is a good one for all kinds of "attacks" whether it is from the outside of our body or the inside. Imagine yourself standing under the sun, or under the shower, and let the falling rays (light or water) bathe you on the inside and the outside and cleanse whatever needs cleansing. Fears, dark energy, resentment, anger, frustration, aggravation, impatience, etc. etc. Just wash them out and let them go down the drain and/or into Mother Earth. They will thus be transmuted into "new" energy, in the same way that compost is "new energy" created from garbage. Wash it away and come out of it refreshed and lighter.

That technique could also be useful once you discover the answers to the following question: Why Do You Eat And Live The Way You Do? and also if you're having difficulties Risking to Follow Inner Promptings.

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We also offer you as a July 4th treat, a "ghost story" of sorts with Abraham Lincoln: Spirit Energies and Ghost Stories: Lincoln and ANZAC

Scroll down for the links to these articles, and many more, for your reading pleasure.

Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, and loving week. May you make the coming week into the one you want it to be.

Marie T. Russell
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"

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Being At Your Best When Things Are At Their Worst

Written by Alan Cohen.

Being At Your Best When Things Are At Their Worst

"You are at your very best when things are worst.”  In celebration of the release of my new book The Grace Factor, I would like to cite some acts of grace that ultimately affected many people...

Read article here: Being At Your Best When Things Are At Their Worst

The Cosmic Mass: Risking to Follow Inner Promptings

Written by Barry Vissell.

The Cosmic Mass: Risking to Follow Inner Promptings

Joyce and I have written before about the importance of listening to those sometimes subtle promptings that can change our lives. If it were up to our minds, we might never take these risks. If we want to follow the higher path of life, we need to not only listen but also act on these inner promptings.

Read article here: The Cosmic Mass: Risking to Follow Inner Promptings

Spirit Energies and Ghost Stories: Lincoln and ANZAC

Written by Barry Eaton.

Spirit Energies and Ghost Stories: Lincoln and ANZAC

Ghosts are still to be found haunting old buildings, castles, domestic houses, prisons and just about any place of human habitation you can imagine. There are even many recorded stories of ghosts in the White House in Washington. The 16th US President Abe Lincoln has been seen by...

Read article here: Spirit Energies and Ghost Stories: Lincoln and ANZAC

Why Do You Eat And Live The Way You Do?

Written by Lisa Lewtan.

Why Do You Eat And Live The Way You Do?

When thinking about our health, most of us will only consider our weight and fitness level, but our lives are made up of so much more. When you understand what is actually going on in your life, you may develop clues as to why you eat and live the way you do.

Read article here: Why Do You Eat And Live The Way You Do?

What's Your Default Energy and How Is It Affecting Your Life?

Written by Tara-jenelle Walsch.

What's Your Default Energy and How Is It Affecting Your Life?

Each of us has a Default Mechanism, a subconscious pattern of returning to memories of previous experiences in your mind to find a response to a current experience. Your default powers your very first, almost automatic, reaction in response to the events of your life.

Read article here: What's Your Default Energy and How Is It Affecting Your Life?

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. 


The additional articles will be listed here individually during the course of the weekend. To see all of them at any time, simply go to the home page of InnerSelf at and all the new articles are on that page.

* Broccoli Sprout Extract May Block Cancer’s Return

* Does It Make You Feel Like A Grown Up Now That You Graduated?

* Does The Developing World Have To Be Awash In Pesticides?

* How Brain Implants Can Let Paralyzed People Move Again

* How Children Learn To Detect Snakes, Spiders And Other Dangerous Things?

* How Do Food Manufacturers Pick Those Dates On Their Product Packaging?

* How Higher Education Pays For Itself Many Times Over

* How Languages Can Reveal Secrets To Happiness

* How Regulating Guns Like Cars Could Improve Safety

* How Smart Drugs Are Making Workplaces More Competitive

* How The 2016 Presidential Election Will Shape American Identity

* How To Spot An Online Lie

* Is It OK To Have A Beer After Exercise?

* Is There A Link Between Being In The Closet And Homophobia?

* Mom’s Unhealthy Diet May Harm 3 Future Generations

* Not Just For Mothers But Fathers Also Want To Have It All

* Rapidly Warming Arctic Creates Green House Gas Danger Zone

* Rats That Take Anxiety Meds Don’t Care About Their Pals

* Relationships Can Be Either Good Or Bad For Your Health

* Robert Reich's Big Idea for Hillary

* Sex And Other Myths About Weight Loss

* Signs Of Chronic Fatigue Found In Gut Bacteria

* The Truth About For Profit Colleges

* These Fires Are Huge, Hidden And Harmful. What Can We Do?

* These Social Animals Inherit Friends From Mom

* We Can Make Common Chemicals From Wood Instead Of Oil

* What Summertime Means For Black Children

* Why Basic Income In Lieu Of Welfare Is A Good Idea

* Why Lyme Disease Is Such A Danger

* Why Swimming Pools Can Be A Major Source Of Gastrointestinal Illness

* Why The Wounds From Incarceration Never Heal

* Will Science Find A Way To Save Earth’s Top Predators?

We add articles to the website regularly. Rather than wait for the newsletter, you can visit each section according to your interests throughout the week. Each section listed below is designed as its own "mini-website".

The "Living in Harmony" section includes articles on Health & Well-Being, Home & Garden, Pets, Leisure & Creativity, Finance & Careers, and Science and Technology.

The "Personal Development" area covers Attitude Adjustments (which includes Fear, Anger, Gratitude, Forgiveness), Relationships & Parenting, Spirituality & Mindfulness (including Meditation), Intuition & Awareness (including astrology), and Happiness & Success.

"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 are very relevant for our communal journey on Planet Earth.


To see videos added this week, go to the Video Home Page  or

Click here for Additional Videos in "Living in Harmony";

Additional Videos in "Personal Development";

Additional Videos in "Social & Political"



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